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Shrek
The Musical

July 13

September 1, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
music by Jeanine Tesori
directed and choreographed
by Rachel Rockwell

Fairy Tales Should Be Updated

Before Shrek and his crew ever came to life on stage or appeared in a movie, William Steig wrote a children’s book about a smelly ogre named Shrek. Creating a movie or play inspired by a book happens a lot—and now it’s your turn!

Choose one of your favorite fairy tales and think about how you would turn it into a play. Remember, it’s okay to change the story to create a new one – as Shrek says, “Fairy tales should be updated!”

Think about these questions as you begin…

  • What are the main events of your story—the beginning, middle, and end?
  • Who are the characters?
  • What challenges do the characters face? How do they overcome them?

Next, gather your family or some friends and give everyone a part. (Remember: there are many offstage roles in the theater as well, so if someone does not want to be an actor, they can be in charge of adding music, sound or light effects, or costumes.)  Once you’ve rehearsed your play, invite your family to be the audience!

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