left to right: Lukas Poost as Shrek, Andre Jordan as Donkey, and Liz Shivener as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical 2011-2012 national tour, photo by Joan MarcusEveryone’s favorite curmudgeonly ogre takes the stage at the Community Center Theater for one week only! Broadway Sacramento’s run of Shrek the Musical debuted last night to a packed house, kicking off their season.

Based on the popular film (and book) of similar name, Shrek the Musical brings ogres, princesses, and fairytale creatures to the stage, complete with song and dance. Elaborate sets, fabulous make up, intricate costumes, and innovative theatrics capture your imagination and bring the fairytale to life. It is no easy feat to bring a previously-only-animated world to the live action stage, but Shrek the Musical succeeds in doing so, enwrapping you wholly in the fantasy-world of Shrek and friends.

Luke Yellin as Pinocchio and the fairy tale creatures in ‘Freak Flag’ from Shrek the Musical 2011-2012 national tour, photo by Joan MarcusWhile wonderful for kids, Shrek the Musical also throws several jokes in over their heads for the older crowd, leaving theatre-goers of all ages filled with delight, and ultimately reminding us to “let our freak flag fly.”

Shrek the Musical runs through this Sunday, October 2. Be sure to pick up your Shrek ears before you head into the theatre! Tickets are still available (note: this production is recommended for theatre goers age 4 and older). Showtimes are: Wed 8pm; Thurs 2pm & 8pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm.

The Broadway Sacramento season continues with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Dec 27-Jan 1), West Side Story (Jan 24-Jan 29), Mamma Mia! (March 13-March 18), Million Dollar Quartet (Apr 17-Apr 22), and Wicked (May 23-June 17).

Written by Alison Kranz, Sacramento365.com Assistant Editor. Photos by Joan Marcus.

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