California Youth Conservatory Announces “SHREK, the Musical”
Dates: November 23 – December 1, 2013
Tickets: $18-28. Discounts available for seniors and students.
Coming off the unprecedented success of their recent production of Les Miserables, the California Youth Conservatory (CYC), three-time winner of the San Diego A-List Award for “Best Theatre Group”, will present “Shrek, the Musical” at the popular Lyceum Theatre in downtown San Diego. The ‘greatest fairy tale never’ told comes to life in this Broadway musical based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album. Featuring a fantastic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical features a superb live band, brilliant lighting design by Michael Hoffman, skillful choreography by Shirley Johnston, choral direction by Amy McDowell and is directed by the award-winning Producer/Director Shaun T. Evans. The production stars the versatile Giovanni Munguia (RENT, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables) as “Shrek”, backed up by a formidable supporting cast which includes R&B singer Bonnie Dance as the voice of “The Dragon.”
Of the show, producer/director Shaun T. Evans says, “If you like Shrek, you’re going to love this musical. The cast is superb, and the music is a lot of fun. The message in the story is so human that people will be glad they came. There are not a lot of shows playing around Thanksgiving time in San Diego, and we hope people will bring their friends and families downtown to enjoy this production with us.”
ABOUT THE STORY
“Shrek The Musical” tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a verbose donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.
The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book, Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features book/lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori. The original Broadway production was directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore. Shrek The Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd., and is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Hailed by celebrities and critics alike, the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre is an innovative new company formed to offer real-world, professional training to aspiring young performers. Widely regarded as the most professional and ‘serious’ youth performing arts company, CYC has earned a reputation for staging plays and musicals of extraordinary quality like the summer production of Les Miserables at the Lyceum Theatre. Under the direction of veteran Actor/Director Shaun T. Evans, the company is the only such young-performer’s training theatre to use professional actors as teaching artists and mentors for its students—and the only youth group to regularly employ Equity actors. CYC Theatre has also made theatre history with several ‘first-ever’ productions of bold titles by a youth theatre group like RENT, Ragtimeand A Few Good Men. 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary season for this group.