‘Shrek the Musical’ coming to local stage

Bridgeport Theatre Company (BTC) will present the award-winning musical “Shrek the Musical” from April 25 to May 11 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre instead of the handsome prince shows up to rescue a feisty princess.

The play, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, is both a twisted fairy tale and a comedy. It will be performed by a 30-member cast.

Show times and tickets

The performance schedule is:

— Fridays at 8 p.m.

— Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m.

— Sundays at 5 p.m.

— Preview show on Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ($18)

Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for seniors, students and children. Purchase at www.BridgeportTheatre.org or 203-576-1636 (option 0).

Seating begins 45 minutes before show time, and an attended parking lot is available across from the theater in downtown Bridgeport, next to City Hall.

Concessions will be available for purchase throughout each performance. Patrons are welcome to pack picnics (BYO everything format) for the full Downtown Cabaret experience.

Ends BTC’s 2013-14 season

“Shrek the Musical” is the final show in the current season by BTC, which operates in residence and presents the Community Theatre Series for the Downtown Cabaret.

Previous shows in the 2013-14 season were “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience” (one night only), “Dreamgirls” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Bridgeport Theatre Company was founded in May 2010 by a group of Connecticut-based performing artists, including Eli Newson, who serves as artistic director. Learn more about BTC at www.bridgeporttheatre.org.

Cast of performers

The cast of 30 local performers in “Shrek the Musical” includes:

— Ryan O’Neill as Shrek

— Arielle Boutin as Fiona

— Matthew James Sherrod as Donkey

— John Stegmaier as Lord Farquaad

— Maggie Pangrazio as Dragon

— Jason Parry as Pinocchio

— Paige Howell as Gingy

Ensemble members are Brian Bish, Lucas Cafaro, Joe Cardozo, Emma Cenholt-Haulund, Abby Sara Dahan, Juliet Dale, Dante DiFederico, Ryan Elle, Faith Fernandes, Evelynne Fulda, Marie Fulda, Paul Goodman, Emma LaPlace, Anthony Meath, Adelaide Meny, Emily Pisarra, Claire Regan, Lauren Regan, Everton Ricketts, Cynthia Rivera, Juliana Rivera, Brooke Robinson, and Helen Samoskevich.

The production is directed by Frank Root, with choreography by Abby Root, musical direction by Eli Newsom, vocal direction by Phillip Bettencourt, scenic design by Kevin Pelkey, costume design by Jessica Camarero, lighting design by Phill Hill, sound design by Chris Gensur, and projection design by Damon Testani.