Tickets to this event were generously provided by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. All opinions are my own.

Fairy Tale Creatures, a Princess, an Ogre, a donkey & Lots of Laughs…Yes Please!

Not Your average fairy tale, Shrek the Musical will keep you entertained and moving to the beat of the witty performances. My five-year-old said the dancing was her favorite part and at one point she and her friend were clapping along and dancing in the row.

Shrek the Musical focuses on an ogre named Shrek who learns at a young age that there is a big bright beautiful world out there, but it’s not for him. People do not befriend Shrek and automatically think he is scary based on his appearance. The story follows Shrek on an adventurous quest where an unlikely friendship develops between himself and a talking donkey.

Like ogess and onions, the story has layers. Princess Fiona had been locked in a tower most of her life because she believed that is how her fairy tale should go. An interesting thing happens as Shrek and Fiona get to know each other and discover they are not so different after all.

Shrek Weaves Kid and Adult Humor into a Show for All Ages

The comedic timing and quick humor made the musical entertaining and captivated audiences of all ages. My favorite part was the adult humor snuck in that sailed right over my daughter’s head. She and her friend had a wonderful time and were on the edge of their seat almost the entire show.

recommend balcony seating at the Civic Theatre because the entire stage can be easily viewed and nothing gets missed. Shrek is a great show for children, especially if they have seen the movie as it follows along pretty well.

Life Lessons for us All

I love when a performance goes beyond entertainment. My daughter and I talked on the way home about the things we saw in Shrek. Our takeaway was that we should always be nice to other people because

It doesn’t matter what they look like – it matters if they are a good person.

I can say that to my daughter all day, but seeing that story played out on stage with characters she admires is what really drives it home.

How You Can See Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical runs through June 17 at the Civic Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online
or at the box office (30 N. Division Ave Grand Rapids).

Individual tickets range from $18-$37 and shows are:

  • Wednesday-Saturday 7:30
  • Sunday Matinee 2:00

30 N. Division, Grand Rapids MI

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By | 2018-06-07T14:47:09+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|1 Comment

About the Author:

Mary Ward
Mary & her husband are GR transplants from the metro Detroit area. She loves being active and exploring this great city with her two kids.

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  1. Eddie Stephens January 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Carla, thank you for the wonderful review. It is encouraging to know that what we are trying to portray on stage is being received, understood, and felt. As tough as the subject matter is, is has been the privilege of my short stage career to portray such an incredible man and icon, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like LBJ, he was a complex man, but had a determination that was spiritually inspired to do what was right and just for his people. I agree with you that the entire cast does an incredible job of bringing these historical figures to life. The good, bad, and yes, even the evil.

    Thank you for helping us encourage people to come see All the Way, and be entertained, educated, and challenged.

    Sincerely, Eddie Stephens (aka Dr. Martin Luther King Jr).

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