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Shrek, The Musical

Norrell Moore as Fiona and Seth Caikowski as Shrek
Norrell Moore as Fiona
and Seth Caikowski as Shrek
Photo: Glenn Ross
At Boulder's Dinner Theatre we find that while ogres seem different than the rest of us—they're large, green, and uncouth—underneath it all, they're sensitive to the same things that we are, evidenced by Shrek (Seth Caikowski), who has been belittled and rejected once too often. As a result, he's ready to build a wall around his swamp and let the world go its separate way.

Brett Ambler as Pinocchio
Brett Ambler as Pinocchio
Photo: Glenn Ross
Of course, there are a few hitches to Shrek's plan. Lord Farquaad (Scott Severtson), a bitter prince who hates fairy tales, has sent all the famous fable creatures—including Pinocchio, Peter Pan, the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Pigs, the Pied Piper, the Wicked Witch, the Fairy Godmother, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Three Blind Mice—to Shrek's swamp, precipitating a visit to the prince from Shrek, who has promised the creatures that he will help them return to their homes, and, in the process, regain his solitude.

Amanda Earls as Dragon
Amanda Earls as Dragon
Photo: Glenn Ross
Along the way to the palace, Shrek saves Donkey (Tyrell Rae) from some errant knights, and thus the story proceeds with Shrek and his new sidekick landing at Lord Farquaad's, seeking to make a deal: Farquaad gives Shrek the deed for the swamp after Shrek rescues Princess Fiona (Norrell Moore) from the Dragon (Amanda Earls) and delivers her to Farquaad.

Caikowski is winsome and funny as he reveals that under Shrek's crusty exterior is a heart of gold. Rae's take on Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original animated feature) is dead on and absolutely hilarious. Severtson's Farquaad, a feast of puerile tantrums, adds immeasurably to the melodrama of this cautionary tale. Fiona is a bundle of contradictions that Moore cleverly sews together with heart, which, along with Shrek's self-discovery, brings us to the lovely finale and moral of the story, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Boulder's Dinner Theatre's presentation of Shrek runs through September 6th. For more information: 303-449-6000 or www.bouldersdinnertheatre.com.

Bob Bows

 

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