Shrek The Musical: Backstage

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If you're like us, then Shrek the Musical may leave you wondering, "How did they do that?"

Kelly Marie Furlough, 1st Assistant Stage Manager, said, "This is just a puppet, basically the fingers go here, the actress who operates it. See a little movement in the mouth, and the eyebrows are actually controlled by a remote control."

The 1st assistant stage manager, Kelly Marie Furlough, shows us the magic behind the musical. "I'm going to show you a little bit of backstage here, little bit of behind the scenes Shrek here."

"So basically, it's just a little hair spray can in there, it's not hair spray, but it's something similar, so basically he just presses it like this, and he's like that, so it's his little buddy."

Then there's the singing dragon. Furlough says audience members often assume it's just a recording. "We have an actress named Carrie Compare, she sings live, right here. She's able to watch the dragon on stage so she can see the movements, this is a conductor monitor, so she can watch the conductor, and she sings right into this and puts on headphones every night and is live every night and she also has two background singers."

As for the scenes where Shrek and Donkey make their journey to Princess Fiona's castle a rotating stage helps move them along.

And all the props actors need in the show are kept within reach. "The actors walk right up to the boxes and take their prop and go on stage with it."

There's plenty of props to be seen in this show. Backstage, we run into things like Shrek's oddly-shaped helmet.

And, hey, that's Shrek's house. Looks like it's made out of wood, and that's exactly what they want you to think. "And it's just made of a foamy kind of material."

And you'll have to look up to find the heavy duty props. "This is the Farquaad horse. It obviously stores in the air because we don't have a lot of space on deck."

Despite another show's name found somewhere backstage, there's no doubt this is Shrek territory. "We were Legally Blonde, until Shrek invaded us and ate up all the little blonde girls."








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