Family Blockbuster Musical Comedy presented by ACTS of Kindness Theatre Company

ACTS of Kindness Theatre Company proudly presents Shrek the Musical July 26, 27, 28 and August 2, 3, 4 on the New Oxford High School stage, Berlin Road. The creative team of directors Rene and Jessica Staub, musical director Dave Berndt, and choreography Dawn Glass, which collaborated on past AOK productions of Hairspray, Cats, and Wizard of Oz, will once again mesmerize with spectacular sets, special effects, lavish costumes, inspired singing, high energy dancing and unbelievable talent to bring the fractured fairytale to life. This musical comedy will be sure to please kids and adults of all ages.  The wonderful score by Jeanine Tesori will appeal to music-lovers, too.

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. This blockbuster musical is based on the storyline of the first installment of the animated film series and includes 19 new songs plus the movie’s signature song “I’m A Believer.”

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue the feisty princess Fiona (Faye Hilker). Throw in a Donkey (Evan Brooks) who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper (Drew Becker), a cookie named Gingy with an attitude (Amber Geiselman) and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek (Jeremiah Herbert).

Proceeds from the show, which is being sponsored by the Glass family and the Mackle family, benefit the Adams County Arts Council and performing arts programs at New Oxford High School.  NOHS proceeds will assist the Band Boosters with purchasing new uniforms, and help upgrade equipment in the auditorium.  According to ACTS Director Rene Staub, “ACTS of Kindness marks its ninth year of summer performances at New Oxford High School and we are so pleased to be able to give back to the district this year.  After all, for so many years the school has helped us give back to the community.”

Advance tickets at $15 for adults and $12 for students are available at Kleffel’s in Hanover’s Clearview Shopping Center, Thymes Remembered in New Oxford, the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St. in Gettysburg, online at  or by calling 717-334-5006.  Add $2 for preferred seating or tickets purchased at the door.  Group rates for 15 or more available.  The curtain goes up Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

At 12 noon prior to the two Sunday matinees, there will be a Fairytale Faire where you can play games, have a photo taken with the fairy tale characters, and enjoy some ogre-approved snacks like swamp ice and dirty parfaits with gummy worms and sip an “Ogreita”.  Reservations to the Fairytale Faire are $5.00 and may be made when purchasing tickets.

Contact Rene Staub at if you wish to donate funds or time to help with the production.  ACTS of Kindness needs crew members, builders and volunteers to work behind the scenes. The production also needs green fabric and grey or white fur as well as other fabrics, trims and painting supplies. Auditions for next year’s show will be held in April 2014.  Contact Mr. Staub to be placed on the audition notice email list.


Do not miss the summer blockbuster that will make you a believer all OGRE again!