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Oswego Children’s Theater’s Shrek Features New Faces

The Oswego Children’s Theater’s latest production, “Shrek the Musical,” will feature many new faces this season, as well as many familiar ones.

Leah Mullen and Doug Schneider portray the roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona in The Oswego Children’s Theater production of “Shrek the Musical.”
Leah Mullen and Doug Schneider portray the roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona in The Oswego Children’s Theater production of “Shrek the Musical.”

Two of the newcomers, Doug Schneider and Leah Mullen, are slated to play the lead roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona. The pair are appearing for the first time with Oswego Children’s Theater however, they are no strangers to the stage as both have appeared in a number of productions.

Schneider is a 15-year-old 10th grader from Oswego who has performed with Syracuse Children’s Theater, The OHS Musical and the Harborfest Musical. A few of his favorite roles include Aladdin, Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Scar in “The Lion King,” among others. In addition to performing, he plays the piano and is a member of the school chorus.

Mullen is a 14-year-old who will be entering Oswego High School this fall. She has appeared in more than a dozen shows since she started performing in the third grade. She has worked with Syracuse Children’s Theater and has appeared in the Harborfest Musical. In addition to performing she is a member of the school band, chorus, and select chorus. She enjoys taking dance and voice lessons.

These two are a welcome addition to Oswego Children’s Theater’s corps of youthful, veteran actors.

Along with Schneider and Mullen, we have many other new additions to our performing troupe. They include Ellery Clarke, Audrey Donovan, Catrina Edwards, Arianna Jones, Abigail Lareau, Maddie and Maya Loomis, Teegan Margrey, Grace Mason, Odin Mosher, Tate Shambo, Juliana Smith, Gregory Thomas, and Beatta Trovato.

They are all welcome additions to Oswego Children’s Theater.

Our veteran actors include Ethan Cliff, Abby Field (stage manager), Caroline Gray, Jessica Johnston, Baxter and Zander Mason, Megan Murtha, Ella, Elijah, and Shambo, Ryan Smith, Cody Vincent, and Faith Washington (assistant stage manager).

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori. The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with music director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Wayne A Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Lee Mosher, who is also the costume designer. Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington. Amanda Mosher will design the makeup. Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.

The production is slated to be performed July 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on July 13, 19 and 20, at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the upstairs theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on State Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 315-342-5265.