Tonight, Granbury Theatre Company is proud to put on the Granbury Opera House stage, our third Broadway on the Brazos production of 2017, Shrek The Musical! I first saw the animated movie when it first came out in 2001. We had five kids at home at the time, ranging in ages from 18 to 3 years old, and it was one of the few movies that I can recall that all of our kids – in spite of their broad age range – really enjoyed.
The Broadway musical version of Shrek is no exception in that it appeals equally to young children and to our most experienced theatregoers. It takes a special story – told in just the right way – to appeal to an audience that diverse in age. One might say that it’s the reliable buddy comedy element between Shrek and his stalwart friend, Donkey. Others might point to the of the classic love story between Shrek and Fiona. Of course, there’s the timeless good versus evil story pitting the delightfully evil Lord Farquaad against the band of adorable Fairy Tale creatures. All of this and more comes to life on stage in Shrek The Musical!
Of course, the appeal for me, in addition to all of the above storylines, is the deeper message that weaves its way through this show from beginning to end: don’t judge a book by its cover…that just because we are all different, doesn’t mean that we don’t all share the same hopes, dreams, and desires; to love and be loved for who we are, where we are, and how we are. Our hearts are warmed as we witness all these wonderful characters come to realize that it’s their “weirdness” that makes them each unique and special, and that when they all live in relationships with each other that celebrates that uniqueness and they let their “freak flags fly” its a beautiful thing. Indeed, let’s let our freak flags fly!
Shrek opens tonight and runs through April 30th with shows each weekend on Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!