OMT to stage Shrek Jr., Mary Poppins

May 26, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville Music Theatre has two exciting shows hitting the stage in June, Shrek The Musical Jr. and Mary Poppins.

Shrek The Musical Jr. will run June 10 – 12. It has music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.

“Our Talented Youth Troupe take to the stage in this fun and exciting show,” said OMT in a press release. “Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a ‘big bright beautiful world’ as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

“Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.”

Mary Poppins will run June 17 to 25. It features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and  Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, plus new songs and additional music and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles, and is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh.

In the musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, everyone’s favourite nanny takes to the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical.

“One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Tickets can be purchased four ways: by phone, 519-942-3423, online:      www.; or in person, either at the Town Hall Opera House, 87 Broadway, or the Orangeville Visitor Centre, 200 Lakeview Court. Prices: Adult $20, (Child 12 & under) $15 (Child 5 & under) $10, plus box office fee.

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