FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY TO LET ITS ‘FREAK FLAG FLY’ WITH
STUDENTS’ MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION OF
SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.
CEDAR PARK,TX – Nasty will be nice and Cedar Park will be ogre-the-moon when Summit
Christian Academy’s students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR.
beginning May 1, 2019, it was announced today by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre
International (MTI). The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre
named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out
that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to
believe in himself and open his heart to others.
“Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review
what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The
actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and
teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other
while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical,” says Gershon.
Shrek The Musical JR. follows an ogre named Shrek who has learned the hard way that
“people hate the things they cannot understand.” For many years he has protected himself
from the hurtful actions of those who are scared of him by living as a recluse in a cozy cesspit.
One day, his peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairytale misfits — including
Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs and the Big Bad
Wolf — have been banished there by the villainous Lord Farquaad. In order to gain back his
land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess Fiona from a tower
guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the
journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity.
With music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical is
based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the book Shrek by William
Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton
Foster as Fiona, ran for twelve months and received a total of twelve Drama Desk Awards and
eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The musical was adapted to be
performed by students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics under the
supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.
Summit Christian Academy in Cedar Park, TX will present Shrek The Musical JR. on
May 1st – 3rd at 7pm and May 4th at 2pm at Church at Canyon Creek on 620.
Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for adults, and may be purchased at the door or online at https://tinyurl.com/SHREKsca
For more information, please call/email
Leah Knight firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrek The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre
International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West
54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies,
granting schools as well as amateur and professional theaters from around the world the rights
to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works
directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official
scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical
organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theater as education and has created special
collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection® includes JR. titles,
60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and KIDS titles, 30-minute
musicals for performance by elementary school children resulting in over 80,000 productions
consisting of more than 300,000 performances.
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Church at Canyon Creek
9001 North FM 620 | Austin, TX 78726