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MSU Summer Theater: Shrek the Musical

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Minot is one of the first places in the country that you can see Shrek the Musical!

The play was released for amateur production the first week of June, making Minot State University Summer Theater center stage.

It took 30 people on and off the stage to bring Shrek to life and Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, it's a great start to Minot State's centennial celebration.

Nestled above the Magic City, is the star of the show.

(Kevin Neuharth, MSU Summer Theater Director) "It doesn't get any better than this! Live theater. Outside. No wind. A bunch of mosquitoes. You're good to go."

(Chad Gifford, Shrek the Musical Director) "It is so different from anything else you go see."

Thursday was opening night for season 48 of MSU Summer Theater.

If you found yourself green with envy over the sold out show, keep your ogre reaction in check, ('Alright! I get it! I get it!') Shrek the Musical will be here through Sunday.

(Kevin Neuharth, MSU Summer Theater Director) "Thanks for coming out for the 48th season. The 48th season." (clap)

(Chad Gifford, Shrek the Musical Director) "It's cheaper than a movie and I think it's a lot more fun."

(Kevin Neuharth, MSU Summer Theater Director) "Enjoy the show!"

(Chad Gifford, Shrek the Musical Director) "We have high school kids, college kids, regular members of the community, alumni, we're pretty inclusive, all sorts of people. We have about 30 people on and off stage running around trying to recreate this giant storytale."

When Gifford says fun for the whole family, he means it.

There are three young Giffords in the limelight.

(Christian Gifford, Shrek the Musical: Dwarf) "Well! I walk on stage saying, 'Hi-Ho,' because I'm Grumpy the Dwarf."

(Keely Gifford, Shrek the Musical: Young Fiona) "I just have to walk around on stage and go into my castle."

(Camden Gifford, Shrek the Musical: Young Shrek) "I just have to show a bunch of different emotions, happy at some times, sad at sometimes, surprised, excited, terrified."

(Christian Gifford, Shrek the Musical: Dwarf) "You get used to it after awhile."

(Chad Gifford, Shrek the Musical Director) "Summer theater is a lifestyle. You have to live, breathe, love every minute here. You check in at the beginning of the summer and you don't check out until the middle of July when it's like, 'Wow! What happened?' So we become a very close knit family. We're with each other nonstop, all the time. If you didn't love it, it would just make you tired and crazy. As it is, we're all a little bit crazy, but we're loving every second up here."

(Chad Gifford, Shrek the Musical Director) "It's amazing watching how fast this flies together and you know, we'll move right to the next show. It is fast and furious, and a crazy-lot-of fun."

48 years. To quote summer theater director Neuharth: ALMOST half as long as the century old university.

A community gem, with a view.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Shrek the Musical tickets are selling fast.

Call 858-3228 for reservations through Sunday and to find out more about the four productions during the 48th Season of MSU Summer Theater.

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