Opening night is only days away for the students of Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s (AFAA) Summer Intensive. Their month of intensive workshops will culminate with performances of Shrek the Musical, Jr., starting June 22, 2017, at the Eleanor Braendel Theatre, 12340 Old Glenn Hwy., Eagle River.
This will be the third year AFAA has offered their month long summer theater intensives in which students from elementary to high school learn the arts of theater and stagecraft.
“The students are far more than actors,” Stage Manager Ariel Eveland explains, “they’re dancers, set designers, and musicians as well.”
The days are long and tough. Students begin the day with choreography, taught by Marissa Citro, and throughout the day will meet with Kyle Lindsey, music director, as well as with Ariel and Director Addoris Davis, to go over lines. When they aren’t practicing they design, build, and paint sets with Glenys Mee, AFAA’s in house set designer.
Shrek the Musical, Jr., is based on both the movie and Broadway production. Opening with “Big Bright Beautiful World,” we follow Shrek on his quest to rid his once peaceful swamp of the fairy tale creatures that Lord Farquaad has banished there. Along the way, we’re introduced to characters such as the chatty Donkey and feisty Princess Fiona. The student actors of the AFAA bring this fairytale to life with hilarious songs and dances that are sure to leave the audience in tears.
For more information about additional summer theater intensives, or to purchase tickets for Shrek the Musical, Jr., please visit www.akfinearts.org.
Editor: An earlier version of this article did not list the play’s director as Addoris Davis. We apologize for the error.