Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre Brings “Shrek The Musical Jr.” to the Stage for Spring Show Featured

Princess Fiona (Hallie Grace Hamner) rehearses with the cast of Shrek the Musical Jr. The show features a big cast of all the most popular and beloved Shrek characters.  Shrek the Musical Jr. will run Apr. 12-14 at the Bama Theatre. Princess Fiona (Hallie Grace Hamner) rehearses with the cast of Shrek the Musical Jr. The show features a big cast of all the most popular and beloved Shrek characters. Shrek the Musical Jr. will run Apr. 12-14 at the Bama Theatre. Betsy Morrison

When it comes to beloved children’s characters, Shrek is often near the top of the list. Now, this beloved ogre is set to come to life on stage locally, thanks to the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.  

TCT will present the beloved musical Shrek The Musical Jr. Apr. 12-14 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. Shrek Jr., which is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical, will close out the group’s 2018-2019 “Season to Believe,” which also included performances of Mary Poppins Jr. and Babes in Toyland

In Shrek The Musical Jr., Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on a grand adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, director Brent Jones says Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. 

"Shrek is a tale that reminds us to treat others as we want to be treated, despite our differences,” Jones said. “It's fun, often silly, and I am thrilled to be working with such a talented cast, crew and artistic staff!"

Each year, the TCT performs full-scale musicals with a cast of local children. It’s the goal of the non-profit organization: To educate and expose children of Tuscaloosa County to all aspects of stage performing and production, from acting to costumes to set design.  

And with Shrek Jr., TCT is trying something different. The Saturday, Apr. 13 matinee will be a “sensory sensitive” show – part of a partnership with Arts ‘n Autism.   

“It is so wonderful when others make an effort to include our children with autism and provide support that make it an enjoyable experience,” said Arts ‘n Autism Co-Founder and Executive Director Jan Sikes. “This act of kindness allows families living with autism to enjoy more things together in the community.” 

Shrek The Musical Jr. will be performed on Friday, Apr. 12 at 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for premium seats, $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased online at tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.net or at the box office one hour prior to show time. For more information, call the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre at (205) 310-8010. 

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