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Green Piece: "Shrek: The Musical," at Bettendorf High School through July 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-07-14 12:03:00

Melissa Anderson Clark, Matthew McFate, and Brian Peterson in Shrek: The MusicalDirector/choreographer Christina Myatt nails the humor and heart of the story in Countryside Community Theatre’s Shrek: The Musical, borrowing sparingly from the Broadway show’s original directors, Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, without copying their achievement. Myatt’s personal mark on the material is most clear in her choreography, especially in the rousing, showy “What’s Up, Duloc?”, with its Broadway-style kick-lines, and the subtly innocent “I Know It’s Today,” which involves Princess Fiona at three different ages (played, from youngest to oldest, by Ali Girsch, Emily Baker, and Melissa Anderson Clark). Yet while funny and full of energy, Myatt’s Shrek also hits the right notes in its heartfelt moments, during which Myatt’s pacing allows some welcome breathing room. And it also doesn’t hurt that the musical, with its book by David Lindsay-Abaire and its memorably singable songs by Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori, is a whole lot of fun.


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"The Guys" Commemorates, Benefits
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2003-11-26 00:00:00

When Zach Pethoud read the script of The Guys by Anne Nelson, he decided it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. “I knew right away that if I didn’t direct it locally, someone else would,” he said. So the Bettendorf native gathered a cast, secured the Bettendorf High School auditorium stage, and worked hard to put together the Quad Cities premiere of the play, which will be presented weekends from December 6 to 14.
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