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‘Shrek the Musical’ at the PCA

For this year’s Teen Summer Stock program, the Prescott Center for the Arts is putting on “Shrek the Musical,” a show that begins this weekend.

Based on DreamWorks’ Oscar winning 2001 film “Shrek,” starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, the show’s humor connects with the age group of the program which is meant for ages 14-22, said Scott Neese, the director. There’s also some really great moments allowing for them to cut loose and have a lot of fun, Neese said.

Out of about 25 people in the cast, there are about 10 who returned from last year’s Teen Summer Stock program, he said. Even so, those who were new to him weren’t new to theater. Nevertheless, it’s amazing to see them transform and grow.

“It’s a six-week program, we meet for about 20 hours each week in those six weeks,” he said. “We do workshops, educational workshops, that help them get better at what it is they’re doing.”

For “Shrek the Musical,” Neese said he brought in a stage combat choreographer from Phoenix, the kids learned basic tap for a sequence in the show and someone from Camp Verde to talk about how their characters hold their bodies and how it helps define how the audience sees their character.

Each fairy tale character has a different walk and different way they carry their body and the audience clicks into that, seeing those characters and recognizing certain attributes by the way they walk and act, he said.

Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, and Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, as well as Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for youth and are available

Since it is Teen Summer Stock, the goal was to carry that philosophy through with not just the actors, Neese said. A majority of the band is the same age, led by Chris Tenney, and the costumer is also a student.

In all, it’s a good show that doesn’t just have two leads and a chorus. Rather, it has four leads and some minor leads, but they’re all really incredible voices and actors, he said. Further, everyone in the chorus gets their own character and opportunity to have their moment.

“It’s not like the chorus just disappears, it’s not like a group of 17 people all in the same costume in the background. Everybody gets front row moments,” Neese said. “It’s a show that while it is Teen Summer Stock, it’s on a very high level of excellence and the cast puts in a lot of time and effort.”

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