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'Shrek The Musical' now playing at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre

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Shrek The Musical star Caleb Clark backstage Shrek The Musical star Caleb Clark backstage
Caleb Clark, actor Caleb Clark, actor
Shrek The Musical plays through March 16 at the Alliance Theatre Shrek The Musical plays through March 16 at the Alliance Theatre

Shrek The Musical is now playing at the Alliance Theatre as part of its Alliance Stage Family Series.

The musical, based on the Dreamworks film character and William Steig's 1990s book, stars Caleb Clark.

At age 23, Clark is making his Alliance Theatre debut and is performing in his first title character role.

"It's so much fun," Clark told Better Mornings Atlanta during a back-stage interview Wednesday. "There's so much that audiences already love about Shrek, so to be able to bring that in a new medium in live theater, which is something that most kids who are familiar with the film haven't experienced before, is just a blast."

Longtime Alliance director Rosemary Newcott said that the production is sure to a thrilling one for families.

"This version is music from the original Broadway production of Shrek," said Newcott. "But it is diminished in size in length, so it is a shorter version for families."

This weekend, attendees will get an extra treat. On Saturday, March 8, the lobby area of the Alliance Theatre, known as the Woodruff Arts Center Galleria, will transform into "Shrek Land." It's part of an annual fundraiser called Families Centerstage, which benefits the Alliance Theatre's education program.

During the Saturday-only event, patrons will be given a map to guide them through a swamp, woods, and castle. Along the way, they will stop at activity stations hosted by a variety of local nonprofit organizations for children. Activities will relate to the themes, setting, and overall excitement of the Alliance Theatre production of Shrek The Musical.

Participants for this year's event include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Center for Puppetry Arts, Expressions in Motion Dance, Fernbank Museum, High Museum of Art, Macaroni Kid, and Zoo Atlanta. Tickets for Families Centerstage include admission to either the 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. performance of Shrek the Musical, with "Shrek Land" happening from 2-4 p.m.

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