Lake County officially opens Shrek the Musical tomorrow, February 7th. While the actors have only been in rehearsals for 9 weeks, the Spotlight Production Team has been hard at work since last Spring working on pulling together all the details of premiering a show for the first time with our organization!
We thought it would be fun to give you a little Behind the Scenes insight on what goes into putting on a new show…..
Getting the rights….
Getting the rights to a show can be tricky. There are many factors that go into getting approval. As many of you know, we weren’t able to get the rights to Shrek until our 2013-2014 season of shows had already been announced. However, once we got the “okay” in late Summer, we knew that it was the right show for Lake County!
Getting the script….
MTI (the company that reserves the rights to lots of popular musicals) won’t send you show materials until your rehearsals begin! So, a lot of the prep work for Shrek had to be done without the actual script and score! I’m sure you can imagine how many challenges that presented But our team was diligent and determined and found ways around it!
Finding the Directing Team…
Lots of prayer goes into finding a directing team for a show. Especially a show that has never been done with Spotlight before. As our company relies a lot on keeping “kits” for shows we produce so we can have sets, costumes, and materials ready to go for each production, a director who is working on a Spotlight premiere show, has a big creative responsibility to make big choices about the show that will likely follow the show for years to come.
Michele Christensen was a fantastic choice as head director. Her insight, creativity, and passion make her an ideal leader for a new show! Filling the other positions on the directing team is also majorly wrapped in prayer God chose to send us a choreographer on his timing and not ours, but it was well worth the wait!
Planning the sets….
God intervened yet again!!! Thankfully, we had contact with a couple theater companies that had just produced Shrek, so we were able to get their huge dumpster and tower piece! We also acquired the enormous Duloc head, the white horse that Farquaad rides (legs included) and the beautiful pink dragon!
Building the wardrobe…
Our head costumer for Spotlight, Rachel Rack, has a great ability to create beautiful costumes that can be used in many productions. So, we were able to pull a lot of the costumes from other shows that share similar characters. However, there were quite a few specialty costumes that posed big challenges for Lake’s costume committee. Not many shows have a large chorus of tap dancing rats or three robust pigs or even Humpty Dumpty!
With a great deal of creativity, volunteered time, and tons of hard work, the show came together in time for our first School Day Show today and looks absolutely stunning!!!
The magic of makeup…
OGRES!!!! The ogre makeup is one of my favorite elements of the show. Keith Mankowski looks astonishingly like Shrek! I think it is absolutely amazing that this team was actually able to make a human so closely resemble a cartoon ogre!
The makeup team did an incredible amount of research on how to utilize and apply the prosthetics to the ogres. The end product is amazing
All the small things…
This show has so many fun little challenges that the directing team has had to face head on. For one thing, Fiona turns into an ogre for one short scene and then the next scene she is human again! Lord Farquaad is played by an average sized person, but needs to be very short… fun And of course, there is a flying dragon…
And the list goes on….
Through it all, God has been continually blessing this show. Michele Christensen has been a prayer warrior and has encouraged everyone she comes in contact with to wrap this show in prayer! and it shows
Go to spotlight.org to purchase tickets for Shrek the Musical!