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Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton High School this coming weekend.

The people behind Shrek The Musical, showing at 7 p.m., April 15 and 16 and April 17 at 3 p.m., have been preparing for this moment singing in the Oxford Youth Singers group.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to express yourself,” said Lila McGiboney, who plays Gingy the Gingerbread Cookie.

All the players of Shrek The Musical have been working hard preparing for the upcoming show, and have learned how to not only sing at the highest level, but develop characters.

“The most challenging part about my character development would have to be creating a character walk while being on my knees, being suave is hard when you aren’t standing on your feet,” said Andrew Fish, who plays Lord Farquaad.

Along with Shrek The Musical, Oxford Singing Children are performing Shrek Jr. April 14 at 7 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m. at Newton High School.

“ Getting through that first show after months of preparation is very rewarding and lets you see that everything you’ve been working for has finally come together into something amazing,” said Mary Grace Schluter, who plays the elf.

Lily Mayfield contributed to this report.