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Burnaby North students present Shrek The Musical

Burnaby North Secondary School is bringing a family-friendly production of stage musical to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from March 29 to 31.
Burnaby North drama students Astor Garcia as Shrek and Jun Zulita as Donkey in BNSS presentation of Shrek, the Musical.

Prepare to revel in nostalgia as high school students take the stage as your favourite green ogres and ogre princesses.

Burnaby North Secondary School is bringing a family-friendly production of Shrek The Musical to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on March 29, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m.

The musical is based on the hit 2001 film, Shrek — about an ogre who wants to get his swamp back and embarks on a mission save princess Fiona. Burnaby North performing arts teacher Charlene Agnew said the overall theme of the stage version is acceptance — of self and others.

The Shadbolt performances follow months of hard work and late-night rehearsals by the production's 26 students (including crew), who range from grades 8 to 12.

“We started [practice] in late September, so we did … roughly 180 hours in six months,” Agnew said. “So it's really intense, long hours. The actual play is two-and-a-half hours, but getting into costume and makeup, running the play, giving notes can take over an hour.”

Agnew, in conversation with the NOW, said her experience with the whole cast and crew has been rewarding, adding that the students are very committed and passionate about the project.

“They’ve been taking notes really well, which is a skill in itself — to take feedback and then actually apply it. They've been doing that really well.”

The musical, she said, is “catchy, funny and entertaining.” 

Shrek The Musical 

Presented by Burnaby North Secondary School at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Where: 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

When: Wednesday, March 29 to Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $18 for adults and $15 students; Purchase tickets by calling the Shadbolt box office at 604-205-3000