Fairview Park residents can get in touch with their inner ogre

July 22, 2013 by  

Fairview Park residents who love the Shrek movies have a chance to see their favorite ogre on stage, as the Fairview Park Fine Arts and Theatre Association presents ‘Shrek, The Musical’ as its summer show.

The production has 55 people in the cast, and will take the stage July 25 through the 27. Dozens of people came out to audition for each of the roles, something that didn’t surprise Terri Klopp, director of the association. She said people came from all over the area to audition, and the final cast comprises residents of Avon, Fairview, Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake, Olmsted Falls, and Parma. They range in age everywhere from 6 to 60.

Klopp explained that she founded the group because she felt it was important to keep the arts, including legitimate theater, alive. She believes performing gives both adults and children a level of comfort when they appear in front of others. They also learn that they’re not always going to be playing the lead, but they also see that all the roles are important. The principles people learn on stage can carry over into life.

Association officials could work with brochure printers to create a handout for audience members that lists the cast, as is customary, but also describes Klopp’s ideas of the importance of theater.

The show starts at 7.30 pm each night at the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts, located in Rocky River, which is less than three miles from Fairview Park, and the center is at 20770 Hilliard Boulevard.