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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

'Shrek' brings theater to theatre



fionashrek.jpgAre you looking for less theater and more theatre in your family’s lives? Shrek the Musical may be just the ticket. Slated for a run at the Straz Center in Tampa May 3-8, this musical is the perfect show to introduce younger audiences to the theatre (pronounced THE-uh-tuh). The characters, plot and dialogue are almost identical to the blockbuster movies, but the music is completely new for this stage performance.

I brought my 3 1/2 and 7 year old daughters to a recent Sunday matinee in Tennessee, and all of us were entertained. Like the movie version, there is some PG humor and some bawdiness that can only be found in a high energy, live stage production, but most of that was well above young heads. There is enough of the familiar set to the new that will sure to keep everyone happy for the rather lengthy performance. The characters are even more hysterically over the top. (Lord Farquaad is not to be missed.)

I’m posting this now rather than closer to the show date to remind you to get tickets early if you’re interested. For young families the experience is better the closer you are to the action.

UPDATE: Our friends at the Straz Center tell us that for the Wednesday night, May 4 performance, purchase one full-price adult ticket and get one free child's (12 and under) ticket in all price levels (restrictions apply). Not available for purchase online. Come early for family-friendly activities from 6-7:15 p.m.

--Tracey Henry

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[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 12:53pm]


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