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“Shrek, The Musical,” based on Oscar-winning 2000 animated movie “Shrek” by Dream Works Animation and book by William Steig, kicks off this year’s Minot State University’s Summer Theatre season. “Shrek, The Musical” retells the nontraditional fairytale of reclusive ogre, Shrek and his sidekick, Donkey and not-so-helpless Princess Fiona, as they seek and fight for their idyllic futures. Filled with clever and loveable characters, “Shrek, The Musical,” is sure to be a family favorite this season. It will run from June 11 to 16, under the direction of Chad Gifford, Summer Theatre assistant artistic director and Minot High School Central Campus language arts chair.

Other scheduled productions include the musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn, based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin. This musical follows the lives of six young outsiders dealing with a variety of hardships ranging from puberty to simply finding their places in the world, all the while competing for the honorable spelling championship. This show runs June 26-30.

“The Nerd” is a comedy by Larry Shue about making promises leading to dysfunctional obligations. War veteran William Cubbert is making a new life for himself in architecture, when bumbling stranger, Rick Steadman, appears out of the blue and throws William’s newfound lifestyle out of sorts. When Cubbert realizes he is indebted to Steadman for once saving his life, chaos ensues. The nerdy and socially awkward stranger outstays his welcome, causing further turmoil for the man he once saved. This show runs July 6 to 10.

After over a decade of absence, “Jesus Christ Superstar” closes the season July 18 to 23. This thought-provoking favorite exposes the many layers of the human spirit. This 1960s rock opera recaps the swift rise to fame of Jesus, his radical teachings, and the apostles who supported or betrayed their beloved teacher. Filled with intensity, humor, and sentimentality, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s memorable score provides an emotionally stirring experience that audiences will not soon forget. This show runs July 18 to 23.

“Like every season, I'm really excited about getting the season started. That’s the best part. I'm looking forward to good weather, new shows and a great season,” said Kevin Neuharth, Summer Theatre director.

Summer Theatre is celebrating 48 years in Minot and is comprised of community members and MSU students, faculty and staff. Each year, the company performs four or more shows for over 10,000 attendees.

All shows are in the MSU Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and children over 12, $5 for children 12 and under, and $3 for MSU personnel and summer students with current MSU ID. Reservations may be made by calling the Summer Theatre box office at 858-3228, starting June 1.
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