Meridian Star


March 16, 2014

ECCC to Present ‘Shrek the Musical’ April 10-12

MERIDIAN —     DECATUR – East Central Community College’s Encore performers will present their spring musical selection, “Shrek the Musical,” April 10-12, at 7 p.m., in the Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

    Natalie Emmons, who is serving her first year as “Encore” director, said, “’Shrek the Musical,’ based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. ‘Shrek the Musical’ is part romance, part twisted fairytale and all around fun for everyone!”

    Cast members include Chandler Smith (Shrek), Sam Lovorn (Lord Farquaad), Zach Peden (Pinocchio), Haley Moore (Sugar Plum Fairy), Leah Ferguson (one of the Three Little Pigs), Sarah Hall (White Rabbit), Laney Frasier (Momma Bear), David Fortenberry (Humpty Dumpty), and Leslie Young and Shardae Spears (two of the Dragon “DooWaps”), all of Philadelphia; Ryan Godwin (Donkey), Clint Walker (Lord Farquaad), Hannah Robinson (Fairy Godmother), all of Newton; Claire Griffin (Princess Fiona), Courtney Tillman (Momma Bear), Hannah Brown and Alana Kron (both playing the Mad Hatter), Kirk Griffin (Guard) and Andrea McSwain (one of the Dragon “DooWaps”), all of Decatur; Jayhonnie Slaughter (Dragon) of Union; Haleigh West (Gingy) of Hickory; Charles Taylor (Big Bad Wolf) of Preston; Jonathon Hodge (one of the Three Little Pigs) and Brianna Parkman (Elf), both of Lake; Gloriana Latham (one of the Three Little Pigs) of Morton; Dee Jay Rolison (Peter Pan) of Conehatta; Hannah Mitchell (Ugly Duckling) of Meridian; Bristol Buffington (Wicked Witch) and Kevin Ryals (Papa Ogre), both of Louisville; David Wilson (Poppa Bear) of Collinsville; Dominick Fields (Pied Piper) and Ian Lanthrip (Captain of the Guard), both of Forest; Georgia Doner (Momma Ogre) of Bailey; Danielle Gregory (Queen Lillian) of Little Rock; and Houston Martin (dual roles as King Harold and Thelonius) of Chunky.

Area youngsters playing roles include Karise Parkman (Baby Bear), Tate Emmons (Smurf), Tallie Johnston (Teen Fiona), and Annslee Calhoun (Young Fiona), all of Lake; and McCoy Compton (Young Ogre) of Forest.

Members of the Duloc Dancers include Emily Cook of Carthage; Jordan Lovorn, Kayla Covington and Cara Jackson, all of Louisville; Kara Miller of Decatur; Mackenzie Gannon of Newton; Kelsey Cox and Emily Cox, both of Forest; Kara Yates and Kara Beth Johnson, both of Morton; Kasey Logan of Lake; and Hillary Williams of Philadelphia.

    Orchestra members are Emmons, ECCC music keyboard instructor, Emmons, piano; assistant band director Ed Girling, drums; ABE/GED director Ryan Clarke, bass guitar; and guitar instructor Chas Evans, acoustic guitar.

    Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the college switchboard at (601) 635-6215 or (877) 462-3222, ext. 215. Group rates are available for 20 or more.

     For more information contact Emmons at (601) 635-6347 or email

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