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“Shrek: The Musical” completes 2019-2020 theatre season at Lycoming College

“Shrek: The Musical” completes 2019-2020 theatre season at Lycoming College

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Lycoming College will finish the 2019-2020 theatre season with the hilarious, “Shrek: The Musical.” Directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D., chair of the theatre department and associate professor of acting, directing, and musical theatre at Lycoming College, the musical will take place in the Mary L. Welch Theatre, March 25-28, with performances starting at 8 p.m.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, "Shrek: The Musical" is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure — featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (“Thoroughly Modern Millie;” “Caroline, or Change;” “Fun Home”)— and sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek. Irreverently fun for the whole family, “Shrek: The Musical” proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

The cast of 21 includes current Lycoming students representing a wide variety of majors, minors, and class years, as well alumni, non-traditional students, one Pennsylvania College of Technology student, and younger actors. The creative team features the skillful work of the musical director, Gary Boerckel; the colorful costumes of Bonnie Hall, costume shop manager/costume designer at Lycoming College; the playful and exciting scenic and lighting design by Titus O’Neil, technical and scenic director at Lycoming College; and enjoyable choreography by Catri Barba, guest choreographer, current student Jennifer Spencer, and Hall. In addition, eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students, under the guidance of, Thomas Ask, D.Prof., professor of industrial design at Penn College, joined the collaborative process and participated in the design and fabrication of many props and scenic elements along with many Lycoming College students.

“It has been a pleasure bringing the wonderful story to life through a truly amazing collaborative process involving so many different creative people on campus and in the community who brought their unique talents and experiences to the production. It has been an exciting process and we are looking forward to sharing this entertaining show with the audience,” said Stoytcheva-Horissian.

Lead characters are played by:

  • Shrek - Daniel Egan ’20 (Upper Darby, Pa.), Corporate Communications and Business Administration double major; Theatre minor
  • Princess Fiona – Sam Snover ’21 (Newton, N.J.), Music major; Entrepreneurship minor
  • Donkey – Nicholas Auletti ’20 (East Quogue, N.Y.) Theatre major; History minor
  • Lord Farquaad – Michael Sampsell ’16

The Lycoming College Theatre Department’s 2019-2020 season is devoted to exploring a single theme: The Stories We Tell. From memory to reality television to fairy tales, the 2019-2020 season examines the ways in which we frame our lives.

Ticket prices for all shows are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office 570-321-4048, or online at

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