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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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He Is Siamese, If You Please: "The King & I," at North Scott High School through June 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-25 12:00:00

Jonathan Schrader (top) and the king's children in The King & ICountryside Community Theatre has plenty to be proud of with its current production of The King & I – the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about a British schoolteacher who moves to Siam in 1862 to teach the king’s many children – as Friday’s performance hit all the right notes anyone might expect from this classic. There’s enough familiarity in director David Turley's outing to remind audiences of the film or similarly staged productions, but also more-than-enough fresh takes on the characters to make this production Countryside’s own. And underlying all this is a true cheeriness that extends from the cast to the audience. Despite the show's moments of anger and sadness, I was brimming with joy and full of smiles when I left the theatre.


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