Eastchester is chock full of fairytale creatures this week, as director John Gwardyak brings “Shrek: The Musical” to the Eastchester High School stage.
The irreverent and wickedly funny DreamWorks musical — with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire — has an unlikely knight in shining armor and a non-Disney princess, Fiona.
“She’s very bipolar,” Lott says with a laugh. “That’s one of her main characteristics. I have to show that to the audience, in her songs and some of her lines. It’s a challenge, but it’s fun to do. It takes a lot of energy to play her, because she’s always 100 percent on.”
Given the choice between princess and ogre, Lott would choose princess, even if it means being “not a proper, prim princess.”
After years in the chorus, this is Lott’s first leading role, and she says she’s loving it, particularly her first entrance, in the prologue, when she pops out of a storybook.
Kyle McIntyre, a junior, plays the title ogre, surrounded by scores of fairytale characters, from a wolf in granny’s clothing to Pinocchio to three bigs and Humpty Dumpty. And there’s the villain, who has issues of his own.
Junior Raffaela Cicchetti plays the voice of the dragon, ably assisted by a team that manipulates the oversized puppet around the stage.
The songs range from the opening “Big Bright Beautiful World” to the losing-hope “I Know It’s Today” to the flatulent “I Got You Beat.”
I said it was irreverent, right?
“Shrek the Musical”—7:30 p.m., April 17 and 18; 2 p.m., April 19—- $12, $8 students—914-793-6130, ext. 4477.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Eastchester. Enjoy!