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CT Stars of Tomorrow presents Shrek the Musical

Popular show based on animated film features youth actors


The Cumberland Theatre Stars of Tomorrow will present Shrek the Musical at the theatre April 14th – 16th. The show will play for four performances. The musical is based on the Dreamworks animated film of the same name and brings all the beloved characters to life on stage.



"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.


The show features John McConnell as Shrek, Emily Snyder as Fiona, Bella McConnell as Donkey and Caleb Friend as Lord Farquaad. Also appearing in supporting roles will be Abby Mclaughlin as the Dragon, Ava Breighner as Gingy, and Sophia Brill as Pinocchio.

The large ensemble cast includes Myla Beacen, Cullen Clark, Jace Courrier, Arianna Fiorentino, Madelyn Hook, Thomas Kifer, Ellie Kneiriem, Lillian McKenzie, Beatrice Nau, Oliver Nau, Liz O’Neal, Lily Riley, Summer Schrecengost, Alice Wecker, Cassidy Witt and Olive Wolford portraying a variety of fairy tale characters, guards and younger versions of the main characters.


The CT Stars of Tomorrow was started in 2019 with a generous grant from the Halmos Foundation of the Community Trust Fund. The program offers young actors 5 – 20 years old the opportunity to produce a full-length Broadway-style musical in a professional setting lead by a professional production staff. It is intended to give them a full picture of working on a main stage show in a regional theatre both on stage and behind the scenes.


Donors for this year’s show include Curtis & Grammy Kind Kids, Dawn’s Family Practice, Texas Grillhouse, and Mise En Place Restaurant.


This year’s creative team includes Kimberli Rowley (co-director/choreographer), Bill Dennison (co-director/stage manager), Kelly Schrecengost (music director), Rhett Wolford (scenic and lighting designer), Jennifer Clark (costume designer), Elizabeth Mudge (assistant costumer), Trevor McCabe (set construction assistant), Brendon McCabe (lighting assistant) and Ebony Gennes (assistant stage manager).


Tickets are available online at cumberlandtheatre.com or by calling the box office at 301.759.4990. A deluxe ticket option including a photo opportunity with the main characters is available for children.

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