Shrektember has officially kicked off in the town of Logan. In a kickoff party held on Tuesday, Southern Coalition for the Arts gave away 100 tickets for Shrek the Musical playing the first two weekends of September.
Coalition Managing Director Jamie Butcher says the kick-off, which fell the day after Labor Day, was to honor the heart of Logan and southern West Virginia: coalminers. The group offered free tickets to the first hundred people through the doors wearing mining stripes, a work uniform or the color green.
During the kick-off event, free barbeque was provided by Fat Jacks and, along with the free tickets to the premiere, vouchers were given away for free Hot Cup drinks and pastries from Rock City Bakery. The group also sold concession, t-shirts and Shrek ears.
A great turn out of people shows just how excited the city is for the premiere showing.
Local businesses are doing their part in “painting the town green.” Hot Cup has created a special drink called Swamp Mud just for Shrektember. The drink is sweet, tasting a bit like butterscotch, and is colored green for effect. The local bakeries are also showing support. Rock City has an entire menu of Shrek themed pastries for customers, and NuEra Bakery teamed with Southern Coalition so that anyone who purchased Shrek ears and wore them to the bakery got a free, Shrek-themed cupcake. Lots of the businesses in town are also taking part in the window decorating contest hosted by the City of Logan.
Mayor Serafino Nolletti, who signed the official proclamation naming the month Shrektember, loves seeing all of the local businesses supporting the arts.
“We have so much talent in Logan County and surrounding counties,” Nolletti said. “I’ve been to some of these high school plays in the last couple of years and there is so much talent there. Having more opportunities for the arts is a great thing. It gets people involved. Gets them out from behind the television screens and computer screens. As a human it’s important to be involved in things.”
Nolletti says the arts are a perfect way to get involved. They create companionship and give those involved a new family. The estimated 50 person ensemble includes a 36 person cast, as well as volunteers for lighting, makeup, costumes, props, etc. Coaltion’s Sara Alberts will make her debut as director during this show. Alberts is excited, and says she knows Logan County will love the show.
“It’s going to be so different from anything they’ve seen done in the Coalfield before,” Alberts said.
The 36-person cast includes — Bill France as Shrek; Rachel Noe-Maynard as Princess Fiona; Nathan Chapman as Donkey; : Joshua Butcher as Lord Farquaad; Shana Nelson as Dragon; Ronnie Thompson as Pinocchio; Kaitlyn Williamson as Gingy; Lisa Anderson as Mama Ogre and Fairy Godmother; Mike Smith as Papa Ogre; Jacob France as Young Shrek and Grumpy; Kennedy Miller as Teen Fiona; Maddy Noe as Young Fiona, Alice in Wonderland and Bluebird; Hunter Napier as Thelonius, the Mad Hatter and Pied Piper; Jessie Murray as Tweedle Dee; Cheyanne Sellards as Wicked Witch; Sarah Browning as Shoemaker’s Elf; Adam Terry as Big Bad Wolf; Kaitlyn Williamson as Sugar Plum Fairy; Ty Hensley as Peter Pan; Brandon Hill as White Rabbit; Maddy Akers as Ugly Duckling; Jamie Butcher as Captain of the Guard and Bishop; Grace Carpenter as Duloc Greeter and Goldilocks; Allie McCoy as Head Duloc Performer: and Choe Murphy as Little Red Riding Hood.
The Three Pigs will be played by Bob Fields, Jason McCloud and Natasha Fowler. The Three Blind Mice are Staci Hall, Kennedy Miller and Shana Nelson. The Dulocians/Dancing Rat Tappers are Leeta Adkins, McKenna Chaffin, Stace Hall, Allie McCoy, Kennedy Miller and Shana Nelson. The Knights are Leeta Adkins, McKenna Chafin, Staci Hall and Allie McCoy; and the Guards will be played by Bob Fields, Ty Hensley, Brandon Hill, Jason McCloud, Hunter Napier and Adam Terry. Finally, the Woodland Creatures are Zoe Chaney, Heidi Maynard and Riley Smith.
The musical will be at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre in downtown Logan on September 5-6,12-13, and 14. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, call 304-951-5950 or visit southerncoalitionarts.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each performance.