Cricket Theatre to stage 'Shrek, the Musical Jr.'

  • Cricket Theatre presents "Shrek, the Musical Jr." July 31 and Aug. 1 at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center.

    Cricket Theatre presents "Shrek, the Musical Jr." July 31 and Aug. 1 at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center. Courtesy of Allison Clark

Posted7/27/2021 8:53 AM

Cricket Theatre has announced that its summer show, "Shrek, the Musical Jr.," will be performed live and welcome a full audience.

The show, which will be held at historic Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center in Palatine, will be open to the public. Tickets are available at


Featuring everyone's favorite ogre and his playful donkey sidekick, "Shrek, the Musical Jr." is an adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie by DreamWorks. The fairy tale tells the story of a misunderstood, but lovable, derelict and his band of outcasts on a quest to rescue the local princess.

"I'm especially excited to perform in this show, because although the pandemic has stopped some shows, it has not stopped everyone's love of theater," said Lily Clark, who has performed in Cricket Theatre productions of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Annie."

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, and feature two casts of nearly 50 actors. Students have practiced weekly since the beginning of June and are eager to show off their talent.

Founded in 2013, Cricket Theatre Company is a nonprofit corporation and aims to provide children and young adults with experiences in the theater arts.

Mary Beth Euker, director and founder, and Vince O'Brill, "Shrek, the Musical Jr.," director said, "We have safely navigated performing during COVID, and are pleased the kids can be together with their friends on stage this summer.

"Shrek Jr. is a perfect show for children, as it contains so many empowering anthems about diversity and acceptance. Plus, the characters are hysterically funny and features caricatures of many figures in pop culture, with tongue-in-cheek humor the adults will recognize and enjoy."

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