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'Shrek' show closes out golden season at CT-A

Dan Marsh as Shrek and Leah Petty as Fiona star in "Shrek the Musical" showing this weekend at the Crossroads Playhouse. The play is being presented by Corinth Theatre-Arts.

By Zack Steen


The world's most famous ogre will help Corinth Theatre-Arts finish out their historic 50th season.

Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and the rest will welcome attendees to CT-A's "Shrek the Musical" with showings this weekend and next at the Crossroads Playhouse.

The stage version of the popular 2001 animated Dreamworks movie is set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per student and can be purchased at the box office or online at corinththeatrearts.com. The box office will open 15 minutes prior to showtime each day.

"This is a story and characters that everyone knows and fell in love with from the animated films. Here, we are bringing it all to life in a whole different way. This is the biggest production we've tackled in years. We have students playing multiple roles, puppets from a professional puppet maker in Texas and one really big green ogre," said CT-A Resident Director Joshua C. Steen. "It's going to be an amazingly fun experience for the entire family."

Directing "Shrek the Musical" is a dream come true for Steen.

"This show is extremely personal for me. It was always a dream I had to play Shrek one day, and I got the chance last summer as I worked with a regional theatre company in Conway, Ark., where I got to play Shrek," he said. "I have fallen in love with the show all over again getting the chance to direct the show here in our theatre, and I can't wait for our audiences to see this show."

The play is getting financial help from Dr. Mike Weeden and Corinth Eye Center, Lamar Advertising and Bobby Burns for Tax Collector, who is footing the bill for a special, free Cookies with the Cast event happening June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Crossroads Playhouse is located at 303 Fulton Drive.


Shrek — Dan Marsh; Fiona — Leah Petty; Donkey — Joshua C. Steen; Mama Ogre — Jan Soltz; Papa Ogre — Remy Francois; Young Shrek — Brennan Baxter; Queen Lillian — Miquela Jones; King Harold — Riley Bennett; Young Fiona — Hallie-Kate Dierks; Happy Villagers — Mazzie Castile, Nathan Dansie, Taylor Gibson, Lucy Grace Steen, Ben Strickland; Captain of the Guard — Taylor Gibson; Fairy Tale Creatures — Brennan Baxter, Nathan Dansie, Melissa Essary, Selah Essary; Pinocchio — Blain Teeters; Big Bad Wolf — David Soltz; Wicked Witch — Will Senf; Shoemaker's Elf — Ava Marsh; Humpty Dumpty — Kaitlyn (& Sophia) Gilmore; White Rabbit — Jacob Gilmore; Ugly Duckling — Hallie-Kate Dierks; Three Bears — Remy Francios, Miquela Jones, Margo Richardson; Three Pigs — Taylor Blythe, Maris Richardson, Halle Faith Scarbrough; Peter Pan — Ben Strickland; Sugar Plum Fairy — Robyn Plunk; Fairy Godmother — Jan Soltz; Lord Farquaad — Riley Bennett; Thelonius — Jacob Gilmore; Farquaad's Knights — Ben Strickland, Nathan Dansie; Gingy — Will Senf; Dragon — Robyn Plunk; Dragon Puppeteers — Will Senf, Jack Gibson, David Soltz, Jacob Gilmore; Dragon Keep Knights — Taylor Blythe, Halle Faith Scarbrough, Nathan Dansie, Ben Strickland; Dulocers — Taylor Gibson, Brennan Baxter, Mazzie Castile, Lucy Grace Steen, Will Senf, Taylor Blythe, Halle Faith Scarbrough; Bluebird — Hallie-Kate Dierks; Pied Piper — David Soltz; Rats — Halle Faith Scarbrough, Maris Richardson, Taylor Blythe; Three Blind Mice — Halle Faith Scarbrough, Maris Richardson, Taylor Blythe.


Director — Joshua C. Steen; Assistant Director — Emily Steen; Producer — Buffy Gibson and Emily Steen; Executive Production Support — Clay S. Nails; Choreography — Buffy Gibson; Costumes — Mandy Castile, Buffy Gibson, Annie Richardson, Emily Steen; Backstage Crew — Mandy Castile, Buffy Gibson, Jack Gibson, Megan Longton, Annie Richardson; Lighting Technician — Max Marsh; Sound Technician — Austin White