Bradford Little Theatre Shrek The Musical Cast Announcements and Tickets Available

Cast announced, tickets available for BLT’s ‘Shrek the Musical’

1shrek-musical_optBRADFORD, PA – Tickets are now available for “Shrek the Musical,” Bradford Little Theatre’s final show of the 2014-15 season, to be presented June 19-21 at Bradford Area High School.

Leading a cast of more than 30 people will be BLT newcomers Jason Shick of Bradford making his acting debut as the big, green, ogre Shrek and Charlotte Stock of Salamanca, N.Y., as quirky, blunt, and beautiful Princess Fiona.

A Dreamworks film comes alive for audiences young and old under the leadership of Andrew Dutko and Chelsea Place, both of Bradford. This family-friendly fairy tale will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

Tickets are available at Graham Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, and Turn and Burn Café, as well as on-line at or at Tickets are $12 each for children, students and seniors and $14 each for adults. Tickets may also be purchased from cast and crew.

In the lobby after each performance, audience members can meet, greet and have photos taken with the show’s familiar characters.

No stranger to the stage, Stock has appeared in many Olean (N.Y.) Community Theatre shows, most recently in “A Grand Night for Singing.

“I wanted to do this production because it is such a funny show that has a really good message about being proud of who you are,” said director Place, who is also BLT secretary.  “The cast has amazed me right from the start — they are so talented and dedicated.  I am enjoying working with them; it makes rehearsals six days a week a lot of fun.” This is Place’s first time directing a major production.

Stage veteran Dutko was music director for BLT’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and appeared in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He teaches music at the local middle school where he also directs performances; he also directs the choir at Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.

“The BLT board chose a great new piece of Broadway musical literature, and I was rather flattered when they asked me to direct such a well-known story.
I love the show because of how it stays true to the original plot of the movie with an extension to Shrek’s and Fiona’s childhood and travel storylines and Farquad’s ‘dreadful’ past all matched up with the charm of musical theatre,” said Dutko.

“The music numbers follow the standard musical skeleton, including love, anger and reminiscing ballads, competitive and love duets/trios, moral song, ensemble closure to the acts, large dance party song, reprises, and, of course, your standard kick line! It is similar to classics like ‘Oklahoma’ or ‘West Side Story,’ but has a more contemporary rock/pop sound with songs like ‘I’m a Believer,’ ‘I Know It’s Today,’ and ‘Freak Flag.

The cast includes as many newcomers as familiar faces.

Shrek’s loyal “steed,” the optimistic chatterbox Donkey will be played by Hannah Leposa of Bradford. Leposa was last seen in BLT’s production of “The Music Man.”

Josh Brown of Bradford will make his BLT debut, returning to the stage for the first time since high school, as the comically short, self-absorbed, ruthless ruler of Duloc, Lord Farquaad.

Lori Johnson of Bradford, returns to the BLT stage as the flirtatious, glorified baby-sitter Dragon. Johnson was last seen in BLT’s production of “East of The Sun.”

The witty and inspiring Gingy will be operated by BLT newcomer Chelsey Russell of Port Allegany, who has acted in many shows at Mansfield University and Port Allegany High School. She will also be Sugar Plum Fairy.

Rawny Reed of Bradford returns to the BLT stage as the leader of the fairytale creatures, the sassy “real boy” Pinocchio.  Reed was last seen in BLT’s “East of the Sun.

The cast also includes Dani Newman of Gifford as Mama Bear and Mama Ogre; James McGarry of Bradford as Papa Bear,  a Knight and Thelonius; Caleigh Wolosewicz of Bradford as Baby Bear; Barry Fitzgerald of Allegany, N.Y., as the Big Bad Wolf, Papa Ogre and a Knight; Dr. David Merwine of Bradford as Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Duloc Greeter and a Knight; Bradfordians Bonnie Leposa, Connie Shanks and Susan Frontino as The Three Little Pigs; MaKayla Ramadan of Port Allegany as the Shoemaker’s Elf;

Taylar Mager of Bradford as the White Rabbit; Olivia Fitzgerald of Allegany, N.Y., as Fairy Godmother; Laura Piccioli of Bradford as the Wicked Witch; Jessica Ann Persons of Bradford as the Ugly Duckling; and Victoria Kearns of Bradford as the Mad Hatter; Brianna McGarry of Bradford as Queen Lillian; Christopher Lathrop of Bradford as King Harold, a guard and the Bishop; and
Ward Kennedy as Young Shrek, Grumpy the Dwarf and a Knight; Samaria Campbell of Bradford as Young Fiona; Melody Campbell of Bradford as Teen Fiona; Adam Yurchisin of Bradford as Captain of the Guards; and Persons, Piccioli and Kearns as The Three Blind Mice.

Rounding out the cast is the dance ensemble which includes Kelly Fitzgerald of Allegany, N.Y., Aiyana Sherwood of Bradford, Olivia Fitzgerald, Bella Mager of Bradford, Taylar Mager, Samaria Campbell, among others.

Veteran producer and BLT president Nanci K. Garris, heads a crew including Ruth Fuller, orchestra conductor; Laura Reid, stage manager; Ron Johnson and Kylin Quick, sound; Amy Thomas, makeup; Laura Reid, stage manager; Reid lighting; Nancy Coder, Frontino and Persons, props; and Marcia Morrison, box office.

Shrek The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Now celebrating its 18th season, BLT is a non-profit organization that promotes, encourages, and produces community-based theatre in the Bradford area.  By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts.  An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

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