Knights to perform an ‘ogre’ of a fairy tale
Six Knights are about to tell a different fairy tale at Everett’s Village Theatre in Shrek the Musical – Kamiak High School students and alumni, that is.
The Kidstage musical, which opens Aug. 9, tells the story of an ogre named Shrek as he tries to reclaim his swamp by rescuing Princess Fiona for the incredibly short Lord Farquaad.
On stage will be recent Kamiak graduates Teague Parker and Nate Thomsen, juniors Jack Malloy and Amy Sutton and sophomore Alex Robinson. Working the magic behind the scenes is alum Aaron Alonso.
Parker plays the lead role of Donkey, Shrek’s animal companion that never stops talking.
“Having this role has been such a great learning process,” he said. “Having the chance to be such a great character that so many people already know of, while still finding a way to still make it my own has been hard, but so rewarding.”
Of his fellow Kamiak actors, all members of the ensemble, Parker has only worked with Thomsen before, in Kamiak’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.
“He is always bringing new and fun material to every rehearsal,” Parker said of Thomsen.
This is Parker’s first production with Village Theatre Kidstage, however Thomsen, Malloy, and Robinson are no strangers to the company.
Thomsen and Malloy were in the recent production of A Year with Frog and Toad, and Robinson was in 13 the Musical.
Now, they are members of the ensemble, with Thomsen making an appearance as a king, Malloy as one of the Three Little Pigs, and Robinson as a deer.
“I love working with the cast because they know how to have fun and be serious at the same time,” Malloy said. “Some good memories are of just me interacting with the other pigs, and we get to speak in German accents.
“When we're off stage, we’ll still talk in German accents and continue our ‘story’ in the show even though we're not on stage.”
Robinson agrees the cast is a lot of fun to work with.
“We all are a very close-knit family,” she said. “We are always supporting each other, on stage and off, and we love to hang out together. I have met a lot of new friends, and have grown closer bonds with older ones.”
Parker also commended Robinson and Malloy for their contribution to the show.
“Alex and Jack have put in so much work to make sure this show has all the energy and personal flare that people deserve to see!” he said.
Behind the scenes, Shrek is stage manager Aaron Alonso, who graduated from Kamiak in 2010.
Alonso was Kamiak’s stage manager his senior year, and has worked on previous Village productions, such as the recent Into the Woods. He is currently studying stage management at Western Washington University.
Parker will also attend Western in the fall, and will be studying theater there as well.
Robinson said that she would like to study musical theater in New York. Thomsen and Malloy will be studying in the Village Theatre Institute this upcoming year.
Shrek runs Aug. 9-18, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. For more information, or to order tickets, go to www.villagetheatre.org/everett/Shrek.php.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.