Magic City Campus brings 'Shrek the Musical' to the small stage

Published: Nov. 17, 2016 at 5:27 PM CST
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This weekend the students at Magic City Campus in Minot are bringing the story of Shrek to the small stage. But the show almost didn't happen at all this year.

Since the first Shrek movie came out 15 years ago, the franchise and the characters have captivated audiences around the world. Now, the story comes to Magic City Campus in musical form.

“It follows very similarly to the movie, but the actual play is a little different, and you get to tell the same story through a different kind of frame of reference,” said Miles Anderson, 'Shrek.’

Anderson said he's proud to take on the role of the green ogre alongside fellow senior Hunter Benjamin as his comical sidekick 'Donkey.'

“We've all seen the movies. We grew up watching them. So it's really awesome to be able to live those characters out on stage and kind of put our own little twist on them,” Benjamin said.

The story of Shrek almost didn't play out in Minot, though. The musical's original director suddenly got sick. That's when Kena Davidson stepped in to make sure the seniors could put on the show.

“It’s a fairytale. It brings everything to life. All these kids jumping in to the different characters and playing that role,” Davidson said.

Most of the cast members have big plans for the future, studying music or film production in college. But 'Shrek' gives them a chance to look back, and relive the joys of their childhood.

“I've watched the show since I was a little girl, and I've always had Princess Fiona things, and so it's really cool to become that character,” said Paige Moran, 'Princess Fiona.’

Bringing a modern fairy tale to the Magic City audience.

Show times for 'Shrek the Musical' at Magic City Campus are tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. show Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for students. You can buy tickets at Artmain in Minot or at the door.