LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite the announcement that school will be closed to students on Tuesday, the nearly 100 students involved in Livingston High School’s (LHS) spring musical are prepared to dazzle the community with their production of “Shrek The Musical” when curtains open on Thursday.

Shows will be held on March 12, March 13 and March 14 at 7 p.m., and a matinée will be offered on March 14 at 2 p.m. The $15 cost per ticket, which can be purchased BY CLICKING HERE, will support the LHS theater program.

This will be the first time that LHS will present this family-friendly musical, which tells the tale of “an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue,” according to the production’s official flyer. And in addition to the LHS students who make up the cast, lighting and sound crews, costume and makeup crews, stage crew and pit orchestra, this is also the first production in many years that also features a local elementary student.

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“This is the first time LHS has ever done this show, which is different in that it’s not a typical fairytale,” said director Janene DePalo, a second-grade teacher at Hillside Elementary School. “It’s based on the movie, which is based on the children’s book, so a lot of kids know the [story]. But it’s good for all ages. There are things for kids, there are things for adults, there are things for teenagers, so there are a lot of great things in the show.”

DePalo added that the special effects, sets and costumes are an “incredible” addition to the impressive talent of the cast.

“It’s just going to be the whole package in one,” she said.

Among the cast and crew members are more than a dozen seniors who have been involved in the musical production for all four years at LHS. DePalo, who has been directing the spring musical at LHS for 10 years, said that it’s been “incredible to see their growth over those four years.”

“Their talent level is amazing, and they’ve all done such an amazing job,” she said. “Even though they’re not all going into theater in college, they’re leaving with such an amazing foundation, and hopefully they will experience something like this again in the future. I’m hoping that they’ll be able to remember this for a long time to come.”

The title character, an ogre named Shrek, will be portrayed by Quinn Davidson. Rounding out the trio is Madison Lysek, who plays Princess Fiona, and Jaina Jallow, who plays Donkey.

Jonah Ruderman will portray the musical’s short-tempered bad guy, Lord Farquaad, while Cassie DeFilippo plays Gingy, a cookie with an attitude, and more than a dozen other fairytale misfits are casted as follows:

Dragon…………........……….….Robyn Burger
Pinocchio……….........……..Jessica Woodlee
Big Bad Wolf…….........…….....Tyler Gelman
Fairy Godmother……........……..Lexi Algazy
Wicked Witch……...……........…...Bela Battu
Sugar Plum Fairy…..........Cassie DeFilippo
Ugly Duckling………........…...Megan Rossilli
Mama Bear……....…......……...Sabrina Goot
Humpty Dumpty……........……..Jillian Skara
Mama Ogre………….........……….Jillian Skara
Papa Ogre…....……......…...Sean McDonald
King Harold………......…..…….Tyler Gelman
Queen Lillian…….......……….Megan Rossilli
Young Fiona……….........…….Jayden Declet
Teen Fiona……...….........……..Brooke Lelia
Captain of the Guards............Justin Hoffman

Ensemble members, including a fifth grader from Hillside, are:

Aishanee Acharyya, Jenny Barbag, Collin Eagen, Drew Fabian, Matthew Gershman, Maya Kadarmehl, Daniella Krasney, Carley Margolis, Tabitha Meyer, Tanner Paige, Faith Tan, Risa Tanenbaum, Isabella Yurman and Leah Waessa.

The following students and staff are also working hard behind the scenes to make the production run smoothly:

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Michael Jebwabnik………………..Musical Director

Lauren Palmeri……………………Choreographer

Brian Megaro..................................Technical Director​

Stacey Dworzanski.........................Costume Designer

Barbara Geiger.............................Costumes Assistant
Kayla Paster................................Production Manager
Annie Lysek........................Asst. Production Manager
Kasey Kojanaj........................................Stage Manager
Talia Scheckman..........................Asst. Stage Manager
Manni Burach.................................Technical Manager
Izzi Rosenstark...................Public Relations Specialist
Lauren Connelly.........................................Scenic Artist
Justin Jones.......................................Lighting Engineer
Tori Hostetler.......................................Sound Engineer
Isabella Icolari...............................Costumes Manager
Aedyn Grey.............................................Prop Manager
Olivia Mazzella.............................Asst. Props Manager
Sean McDonald................................Master Carpenter
​Annie Lysek.............................................Ticket Master

RUN CREW:

Sam Scher, Evan Icolari, Oscar Garcia, Noah Rochman, Izzy Kudish, Sophia Miller, Sara Khalaj, Craig Scott, Christine Shen, Rori Gruber, Malcolm Garcia and Sophie Bloch.

COSTUMES:

Sasha Altman, Olivia Barriero, Gracie Bent, Amanda Bialick, Andrea Falco, Samantha Gavi, Izzy Icolari, Kamile Kalesnykaite, Jamie Klinger, Alex Simon, Dana Bolonos, Mia Meykler and Annie Lysek.