‘Shrek: The Musical’ comes to Johnston High School

‘Shrek: The Musical’ comes to Johnston High School

Justina Mabray, as Fiona, and Kyle Buonfiglio, as Shrek, prepare to break into Lord Farquaad’s castle in the Johnston Dance and Performing Arts presentation of “Shrek: The Musical” at Johnston High School, March 28 through March 30.

JOHNSTON – Shrek has made his way out of the swamp and into Johnston High School in the Johnston Dance and Performing Arts presentation of “Shrek: The Musical,” March 28-30.

Based on DreamWorks Animation’s 2001 film, “Shrek,” the live production of “Shrek: The Musical” brings the familiar characters from the movie to the stage while taking audience members through a journey of self-discovery.

Donna Tellier, director of Johnston Dance and Performing Arts, has picked a theme each season since the organization’s founding in 1998. This season, Tellier’s theme is to embrace the importance of diversity, acceptance and beauty toward all individuals. She said she felt the perfect musical to showcase those themes was “Shrek.”

Johnston Dance and Performing Arts is a nonprofit theater and dance program with the goal of providing dance and performing arts opportunities to the community as well as raising funds for updates in the Johnston High School auditorium, the group’s rehearsal and performance space.

“Everyone has something to offer to make this world a better place. Shrek comes off as this ugly, unloving beast we see at the beginning of the show, but throughout his journey, we find that beyond the surface is someone with the biggest, most gentle heart,” Tellier said.

Each cast member is given a character that allows them to share their personal story through the role, allowing artistic freedom and opportunity for the cast to perform as who they are as individuals, said Shania Fenton who plays Pinocchio.

“Shrek is your traditional ogre with a natural ability to scare others and is unable to love or be loved,” said Kyle Buonfiglio, of Warwick, who plays Shrek. He said Shrek helps him realize that there is more to life than what is in front of you, and it’s often rewarding to go out and explore the world.

Justina Mabray, of Smithfield, plays Princess Fiona, who she describes as “quirky and funny.”

“But her journey of finding herself is something I find so inspiring every time I stop on stage, I could not be more excited to share that with people,” Mabray said.

The performance runs from March 28 through March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnston High School Auditorium, 345 Cherry Hill Road, Johnston.

Tickets are $13 online and $15 at the door with assigned seating and are available at www.tututix.com/j-dapa .