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‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Friday, July 11

The Oswego Children’s Theater latest production of “Shrek the Musical” opened Friday July 11 the New Haven Congregational Church, Route 104 East.

The play continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. today July 12, July 18 and 19 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. July 13, July 19 and July 20.

“Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated film “Shrek” and follows the adventures of a cantankerous Ogre named Shrek, his friend a talking donkey and the beautiful princess Fiona.

The production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad, and Caroline Gray as the Dragon.

Other cast members include Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek, Audrey Donavan as Pig #1 Arianna Jones as a Bunny, Abigail Lareau as the Pig #2, Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona, Maya Loomis as the Shoemaker’s Elf,  Tegan Margrey as Alice in Wonderland, Mason Margrey as Dumbo, Baxter Mason as Pinocchio, Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling, Grace Mason as Young Fiona and Ashley Mills as The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Also: Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon, Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother, Ella Shambo as the Pied Piper, Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf, Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots, Julianna Smith as Gingy, Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon, and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.

In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, Guards, and various fairy tale characters.

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.

The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with Music Director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A. Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also design costumes assisted by with Florence Ross. Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington.

Makeup designers will be Amanda Mosher and Angela Thomas. TJ Pospesel and Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on state Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 342-5265 or email oswegochildrenstheater@hotmail.com.

Poetry Corner: Roadside Garden

Roadside Garden

By Jim Farfaglia

I stopped by today
to say “thank you”
for starting and ending
all those Monday thru Fridays
with so much joy:

your lilies opening like waterfalls,
your proud purple irises
rising above waves of green,
your fish-and-loaves sundrops,
your eager-to-please daisies.

Day after day –
my head in a whirlwind
with a mile long to-do list –
I would slow down
for the stop sign at your corner

and be shocked into the moment
by your brilliance,
by your way with color,
by the sense you always made
of a sometimes senseless world.

Holy Trinity Parish Family Fun Day

Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, will have its annual Family Fun Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Friday will feature the sounds of “Brass Exchange” and Saturday night come out to hear the “Billionaires”. Chicken barbecue and barbecue ribs along with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and everyone’s favorite fried dough only make up a portion of the foods to be offered. Games of chance, children’s games, grocery booth and the ever-popular cake booth are only some of the things to keep attendees busy. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the parishioners will “Dunk the Pastor” as the Rev. John Canorro will be in the dunking booth. There will be drawing for baskets, money and 50/50s. Come and join the fun! Pictured from left, committee members Jim Feeney, Cara Allen, Joe Allen, Brenda Abelgore, Chris Williams, Tom Jones, Paul Campolieta, Rhonda Campolieta, Mary Elliot, the Rev. John Canorro, Heidi Buda, Tom Abelgore and Judy Young surround a grill that will be given away at the festival.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea