Maine West to stage 'Shrek The Musical'

  • It takes five students to control and make the dragon come to life as part of "Shrek The Musical" at Maine West High School in Des Plaines.

    It takes five students to control and make the dragon come to life as part of "Shrek The Musical" at Maine West High School in Des Plaines. Courtesy of District 207

 
Submitted by Maine Township High School District 207
Posted2/17/2020 11:56 AM

Students at Maine West High School will perform "Shrek The Musical" with a variety of ensemble musical numbers, several choreographed dance sequences and a five-person team to bring a dragon to life as part of the show.

Tickets are available on the school website, mwfinearts.booktix.com, and range in cost from $7-$10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

There will be four performances: 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb 21 and 28, and Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 29, at the school, 1755 S. Wolf Road, Des Plaines.

Denis Dizdarvic, who plays Shrek, said the show is much different from the animated movie, as it has a deeper message that will resonate with the audience.

"There is a lot of undercover humor that I think the audience will love," he says. "The play brings every emotion -- laughter, love, joy, sadness."

This is the first time he has been in a play at Maine West, let alone the lead.

Belle Gerstmayr, who plays Pinocchio, says the show creates a lot of fun interaction between many characters.

"The musical brings the characters to life through music and dialogue that the audience will truly enjoy," said Gerstmayr. "It is a really great show for adults and young kids."

The play is directed by David Harmon, who can be reached at dharmon@maine207.org for more information.

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