Sally (Tara Schaefle) and Cliff (Josh Horst)

Sally (Tara Schaefle) and Cliff (Josh Horst)

Kit Kat Klub: Gabrielle Dominique and Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Kit Kat Klub: Gabrielle Dominique and Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Sally (Tara Schaefle) and Kit Kat Klub members

Sally (Tara Schaefle) and Kit Kat Klub members

Texas (Timothy Kelly), Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Lulu (Rosie Linsner)

Texas (Timothy Kelly), Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Lulu (Rosie Linsner)

Fr. Schneider (Erica Hoops) and Herr Schultz (Max McKuen)

Fr. Schneider (Erica Hoops) and Herr Schultz (Max McKuen)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Kit Kat Klub dancers

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Kit Kat Klub dancers

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt)

Fritzie (Annaleah Magnuson), Ben Swenson-Klatt and Shannon Brick, Schultz (Max McKuen) and Fr. Schneider (Erica Hoops)

Fritzie (Annaleah Magnuson), Ben Swenson-Klatt and Shannon Brick, Schultz (Max McKuen) and Fr. Schneider (Erica Hoops)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Helga (Maddie Sabin)

Emcee (Ben Swenson-Klatt) and Helga (Maddie Sabin)

Cast in Wilkommen

Cast in Wilkommen

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 William Steig wrote his now famous children’s book Shrek! in 1990. Steig turned the folk literature model upside down in his book by having a scary ogre, Shrek, revel in his ugliness and never turn into a “handsome” prince. When Shrek sees himself in a mirror, Steig writes Shrek as “happier than ever to be exactly what he was” and when he finally meets his love, another ogre, and they live not happily ever after but “horribly ever after, scaring the socks of all who fell afoul of them.” DreamWorks Theatricals took Steig’s story and turned it into a musical in 2001, creating a multicultural celebration of diversity that also poked fun at Disney musicals on Broadway. While the musical added characters (notably the fairy tale characters), it kept the message of Steig’s original work: we should celebrate our differences and not try to fit into someone else’s idea of what it is to be “beautiful.” Rather than following the story that someone else wrote, the musical argues, we should write our own stories that honor who we actually are.     In this summer 2017 Young Artists Initiative (YAI) production, I worked with children from second grade to young adults who just graduated from high school. The set design was by Karn Severson, lighting by YAI Artistic Director Benjamin Lacina, costumes by Jason Millner, choreography by Benjamin Swenson-Klatt, musical direction by Seth Bovis, sound by Matthew Berdahl, props by Terri Ristow. Photographs are by Benjamin Lacina and Matthew Berdahl.

William Steig wrote his now famous children’s book Shrek! in 1990. Steig turned the folk literature model upside down in his book by having a scary ogre, Shrek, revel in his ugliness and never turn into a “handsome” prince. When Shrek sees himself in a mirror, Steig writes Shrek as “happier than ever to be exactly what he was” and when he finally meets his love, another ogre, and they live not happily ever after but “horribly ever after, scaring the socks of all who fell afoul of them.” DreamWorks Theatricals took Steig’s story and turned it into a musical in 2001, creating a multicultural celebration of diversity that also poked fun at Disney musicals on Broadway. While the musical added characters (notably the fairy tale characters), it kept the message of Steig’s original work: we should celebrate our differences and not try to fit into someone else’s idea of what it is to be “beautiful.” Rather than following the story that someone else wrote, the musical argues, we should write our own stories that honor who we actually are. 
 

In this summer 2017 Young Artists Initiative (YAI) production, I worked with children from second grade to young adults who just graduated from high school. The set design was by Karn Severson, lighting by YAI Artistic Director Benjamin Lacina, costumes by Jason Millner, choreography by Benjamin Swenson-Klatt, musical direction by Seth Bovis, sound by Matthew Berdahl, props by Terri Ristow. Photographs are by Benjamin Lacina and Matthew Berdahl.

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