Darlington School: Private Boarding School in Georgia Darlington to present “Shrek The Musical” in downtown Rome, Feb. 14-16
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Darlington to present “Shrek The Musical” in downtown Rome, Feb. 14-16

January 30, 2020 | 2963 views

Enjoy the Winter Musical!
Feb. 14-16, 2020

Darlington’s fine arts department will present “Shrek The Musical” Feb. 14-16 at the Rome City Auditorium. Doors will open Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with showtime at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 p.m., after doors open at 2 p.m. 

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony Award-nominated fairy tale adventure, bringing all the beloved characters from the film and the book by William Stieg to life on stage.

“It has been a wonderful journey this year, working on a historical drama in the fall with Arthur Miller's ‘The Crucible’, and now creating a big, bright, contemporary musical comedy in the winter with Shrek,” said Shelley Daniel, Darlington’s theatre director. “The music, story, and choreography is incredibly fun, with all of the dark wit audiences expect.”  

The technical and design elements of the show are wonderfully complex and challenging with a wide variety of puppets, robotics, prosthetics, and special effects.

“I believe this show has the most costumes I have ever managed in a production,” said Daniel. “Among many other surprises we will be bringing you elaborate dance numbers, a 30-foot dragon puppeteered by six students, and eight different professional backdrops that transport you from the swamp to Duloc, and back again.” 

The show has a company of 62 Upper School students, with 27 actors on the stage, 12 student musicians playing in the pit, and 23 techies serving in various roles as costume and set crew members, spotlight operators, stage managers, assistant directors, puppeteers and extras. 

“Most of our actors are performing anywhere from three to four roles each and it has been a fun experience for them to implement a whirlwind rotation of characters and dialects with careful precision,” Daniel continued. “So many of our audience members will come to the theatre with personal affection for the beloved Shrek characters, and we don't want to disappoint. Producing iconic roles is always fun. We want to satisfy our audiences’ hunger to experience characters they already know, and to present their story with emotional depth and care.” 

With a beautiful message, explosions of color, a parade of quirky comic characters, special effects, puppets, big dance numbers, and a book and score that isn’t for the faint of heart, the company has a recipe for a really exciting and challenging experience for everyone to celebrate.

“We hope to tickle your funny bone, and touch your heart as well. At the core of outrageous show, there is a very important lesson about love, and the beauty of authenticity,” said Daniel. “We hope our audiences will enjoy the ride as much as we have.”   

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance online at www.darlingtonschool.org/musical, or at the door on the day of the show. General admission tickets are $10. Tiger Booster Club members and current Darlington families may request reserved seating for no additional cost. The general public can purchase tickets in the reserved section for $15 each. All reserved tickets are offered online only and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that online ticket sales will close two hours before showtime. After that time, general admission tickets may be purchased only with cash or check at the ticket table in the lobby before each performance. On Friday and Saturday, the ticket table will open at 6:45 p.m. and doors will open for seating at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday the ticket table will open at 1:45 p.m. and doors will open for seating at 2:00 p.m.

For more information about Darlington's production of “Shrek The Musical,” contact the box office at 706-368-5256, or by email at boxoffice@darlingtonschool.org.

Company List:

Owen Payne.....Shrek

Leelee Barnes.....Princess Fiona

Nick Powell.....Lord Farquaad

Siji Soetan.....Donkey

Neal Yin.....Pinocchio, Guard, Dulocian, Skeleton

Ellie Allen.....Dragon, Bishop, Bluebird Vocals, Angry Mob

Rhema Onyia.....Gingy, Sugar Plum Fairy, 3 Blind Mice, Dragonette, Dulocian, Lion King Vocals

Michael Hall.....Papa Bear, Guard, Pied Piper, Angry Mob, Dulocian, Knight

Caleb Baldwin.....Mad Hatter, Guard, Dulocian, Skeleton, Deer

Amber Fields.....Wicked Witch, Dulocian, Dragonette, Dish Vocals

Alfred Dai.....Peter Pan, Guard, Dulocian, Skeleton

Chloe Duck.....Cheshire Cat, Rat Tapper, Dulocian, Puppeteer

Abby Burris.....Fairy Godmother, Dulocian, Dragonette, Cow Vocals

Daria Black.....Queen of Hearts, Dulocian, Dragonette, Police Siren

Madison Rogers.....Ugly Duckling, Dulocian, Dragonette, Spoon Vocals

Elliot Luitwieler.....Big Bad Wolf, Papa Ogre, Guard, Dulocian, Bighead, Walter, Knight, Sprinkles

Kathryn Davidson.....Shoemaker's Elf, Teen Fiona, Rat Tapper, 3 Blind Mice

Mason Zanone.....White Rabbit, King Harold, Guard, Dulocian, Knight, Buttercup, Bunny Vocals

Grace Ann Lundy.....Baby Bear, Queen Lillian, Dulocian, Rat Tapper

Grayson Davis.....Little Pig, Guard, Dulocian, Knight

Trey Chupp.....Little Pig, Guard, Dulocian, Skeleton

Ian Hankinson.....Captain of the Guard, Angry Mob, Dulocian, Puppeteer

Audrey Montgomery.....Mama Bear, Mama Ogre, Dulocian, 3 Blind Mice

Elizabeth Warden.....Humpty Dumpty, Child Fiona, Rat Tapper

Parker Scott.....Little Pig, Child Shrek, Dulocian Announcer

Mollie Sabourin.....Rat Tapper, Angry Mob, Grumpy

Mulan Duan.....Dragonette, Angry Mob, Dulocian, Wedding Guest

William Feng.....Thelonius, Assistant Stage Manager, Puppeteer

Mary Prusakowski.....Stage Manager

Sharon Sun.....Stage Manager

Gracie Willerson.....Assistant Director

Alanna Brown-Meier.....Assistant Director

Samuel Fricks.....Lead Puppeteer, Stage Crew

Mary Mac Pittman.....Puppeteer, Stage Crew

Wesley Inman.....Puppeteer, Stage Crew, Wedding Guard

Alexander Greene.....Puppeteer, Stage Crew, Wedding Guard

Annika Patel.....Stage Crew

Madigan Flournoy.....Spotlight

Ruby Zhang.....Spotlight

Dani Sims.....Costume Manager

Virginia Olivera.....Assistant Costume Manager

Lucy Aultman.....Costume Crew

Makiya Mayes.....Costume Crew

Emma Sklar.....Costume Crew

Sia Patel.....Costume Crew

Lila Smith.....Costume Crew

Lexie Lowe.....Costume Crew

Claire Smith.....Costume Crew

Olivia Laughridge.....Costume Crew

Stephanie Hughes.....Costume Crew

Sophie Jin.....Cello

Charlotte Conrads.....Cello

Percy Baumann.....Alto Saxophone

Leah Houser.....Alto Saxophone

Jennifer Martinez.....Tenor and Baritone Saxophone

Hamilton Shamblin.....Clarinet

Elva Wang.....Clarinet

Ziyi Yang.....Flute, Piccolo

Doris Kang.....Violin

Steven Yan.....Trumpet

Ben Scarbrough.....Euphonium

William Wang.....Drum Set