Hey, Ms. Figg-Franzoi here. If you don’t know this already, Homestead High School’s 2018 winter musical is Shrek: the Musical. When I announced the show at our end of the year banquet I wasn’t sure what the reaction was. There was a lot of screaming and “Are you kidding me?”s. I read the room as some people were excited and some people thought I was pranking them.
Let me assure you, it’s not a prank.
Ms. Houge, Mr. Emanuelson, Mr. Spindler and I all agreed that Shrek: the Musical would be perfect for next year’s group of artists.
So… why Shrek? There are so many reasons and no in no particular order I will list the reasons I came to when I watched the musical on Netflix for the third time this year… I won’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this musical in total…
And now… A LIST:
- It’s SO Funny!!! Seriously! Watch it, you’ll laugh.
- It’s inspiring, I cry every time I watch it.
- There are 25 speaking/singing roles!
- The ensemble in this show is amazing!
- It is a very modern musical! This musical happened in your life-time, written in 2008.
- DANCE DANCE DANCE!!!
- It makes fun of musical theatre
- There is a tap dance!
- There is hip-hop (I’ll have to take some classes this summer)
- The music is both hard classical musical theatre and modern rock themed.
- The sets, costumes and lighting is going to be amazing!!
- The Pit Orchestra will be open to all in Band and Orchestra!
- Finally and most importantly, it has so many amazing messages:
- Beauty is fluid, and attractiveness is different for everyone. A character who finds happiness and love looking opposite the cultural beauty stereotype is rare indeed. Fiona Forever!
- Be yourself, and find friends who like you for exactly who you are. Annoying donkey? Awesome. A little anti-social? Not a problem. Gawkey puppet? Come on in, the water’s fine. I love a good misfit story and Shrek is one of the best.
- You don’t necessarily have to do things in order or go by the book. If Shrek had slain the dragon before rescuing the princess like he was “supposed to”, Donkey would have missed out on true love and would be lonely without any slightly discomforting donkey/dragon hybrid babies.
Shrek: The Musical takes the original Shrek and builds upon its message of not judging a book by its cover. With one of the biggest musical numbers being the song “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” it was obvious that the running theme of the show was how being different is awesome. Being different is something to be proud of and something to sing about.
As a musical, Shrek: The Musical didn’t set out to become a battle cry for all young misfits and outcasts to “Let Their Freak Flag Fly,” the musical’s anthem. That message is part of its boggy DNA, to be sure. It was first written to say, “fairy tales really need to be updated.” Especially those that encourage girls to passively wait for men to bring meaning to their lives. This stage musical picks up that flag and waves it like it’s the battle scene from “Les Miserables.”