Highland Park, NJ – Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairytale comes to Highland Park when The Highland Park Youth Theatre Company presents Shrek the Musical, Jr, a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).  Shrek, Jr is part of the MTI Broadway Junior Collection®, MTI’s special collection of musicals for younger performers which includes “JR.” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children.

Shrek the Musical, Jr. tells the story of an unlikely hero, Shrek finding himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you have the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.

“There is something very meaningful in having students with a wide range of interests and talents work together on a show with such a profound message about the power of acceptance. We hope your community will join us in applauding all the ways that these young people have contributed towards creating their unique interpretation of Shrek the Musical, Jr.” says Gershon.

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A performance of DreamWorks’s SHREK, JR. is open to the public at the Highland Park High School Auditorium on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm and Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2pm. Admission is Free, however, there is a suggested donation of $2. 

The Highland Park Youth Theatre Company is run through Highland Park Recreation. This program is open to children ages 8-16 years old. The HPYTC produces 3 musicals a year, one of which is performed at the town wide July 4th celebration. No experience necessary. This program introduces children to the world of theatre through improvisation, games, acting, singing and dancing. Each session culminates in a full-scale production. Directed by Tova Halpern, founder and artistic director of Fresh Theatre Arts, LLC and musically directed by Avi Wolf. For more information on how you can become involved in the HPYTC, contact Highland Park Recreation at 732-819-0411. For more information on Fresh Theatre Arts, check out the website www.freshtheatrearts.com.

Shrek JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.