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Theatre Arlington's 'Shrek Jr.' makes you a believer

Michael Jay as Shrek and Sydney Dotson as Fiona in Theatre Arlington's production of Shrek the Musical Jr.
Michael Jay as Shrek and Sydney Dotson as Fiona in Theatre Arlington's production of Shrek the Musical Jr. Theatre Arlington

What it’s about: Theatre Arlington’s production of "Shrek the Musical Jr.," based on the DreamWorks Animation film and the William Steig book, features an all-youth cast. The story follows Shrek’s (Michael Jay) solitary life in his far-away swamp. When Lord Farquaad of Dulac (Christian Arrubia) banishes the fairy-tale folk to Shrek’s stinky abode, the ogre sets out on a quest to regain his swamp seclusion.

Along the way, he meets up with fast-talking Donkey (Konnor Sheffield), and soon enough they're on a mission to rescue Princess Fiona (Sydney Dotson) from the clutches of an evil dragon (Sheresia Goodspeed) so that Farquaad can take Fiona as his bride and release the deed to Shrek’s swamp.

What kids will like: Children will be well-versed in the plot line of the play after watching the film. The youth performers do an outstanding job of singing, dancing and comedic timing. Even the youngest theatergoers will be engrossed in the well-crafted musical numbers. Kids will also get a kick once they leave the theater because all of the characters line up to greet the audience.

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From left, Michael Jay as Shrek and Sydney Dotson as Fiona and Konnor Sheffield as Donkey in Theatre Arlington's production of Shrek the Musical Jr. Eric Younkin Photography Theatre Arlington
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Good to know: After the 2 p.m. March 10 performance, there will be “Donuts with Donkey.” Each participant will be able to decorate doughnut holes while Donkey demonstrates how to create Shrek character faces. Cost per person is $25. Details here: http://www.theatrearlington.org/show-shrek.html#donuts

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Shrek Jr.

Recommended for: All ages

Run time: About 1 hour and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 2; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 3; 2 p.m. March 4; 7:30 p.m. March 9; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 10; and 2 p.m. March 11.

Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington, TX 76010

Cost: $16.50 (including fees)

Info: http://www.theatrearlington.org/

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