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CHS Drama Club to perform ‘Shrek the Musical’ April 12-14

Donkey and ShrekThe Cohoes High School Drama Club will present ‘Shrek the Musical’ April 12-14 in the Cohoes High School auditorium.

There will be four performances. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, ‘Shrek The Musical’ is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue.

Shrek will be played by Cohoes junior Jakob Marer.

“I like Shrek because he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him,” Marer said.

Junior Sajaira Hudson and sophomore Acelynn Lewis will take on the roles of Donkey and Princess Fiona.

“My favorite part is that I get to be sassy,” Hudson said. “Donkey is also an amazing friend and I try to be a good friend to everyone.”

The cast and crew, comprised of about 30 students, have been rehearsing since January and are hoping their hard work pays off. For the first time, the Cohoes High School Drama Club will participate in the High School Musical Theater Awards at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady on May 19.

“We haven’t put on a show with this level of grandiosity,” said Drama Director Christian Gunn. “There are advanced harmonies and dance numbers, plus students are doing everything from tech to set design and construction, and directing.”

Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children/seniors.

Cast List

  • Jakob Marer – Shrek
  • Acelynn Lewis – Fiona
  • Sajaira Hudson – Donkey
  • Joseph Dumas – Lord Farquaad/Wolf
  • Kylie Lemons – Gingy/Fairy Godmother/Duloc Performer
  • Naomi Hallock – Mama Bear/Dragon/Duloc Performer
  • Celina Heslop – Mama Ogre/Three Blind Mice/Duloc Performer
  • Elijah Thivierge – Papa Ogre/Guard/Knight
  • Austin Blair – King Harold/Thelonius/Duloc Performer
  • Desiree Mero – Queen Lillian/Three Blind Mice/Knight/Duloc Performer
  • Miah Trombley – Pinocchio
  • Julie Baran – Three Little Pigs/Duloc Performer
  • Katlyn Hebert – Three Little Pigs/Three Blind Mice/Duloc Performer/Knight
  • Anna Fowler – Mad Hatter/Duloc Performer
  • Sierra Yetto – White Rabbit/Greeter/Duloc Performer
  • Jenifer Martinez – Peter Pan/Duloc Performer
  • Rachael Phillips – Witch/Duloc Performer
  • Zachary Loucks – Ugly Duckling/Duloc Performer
  • Samantha Huelle – Humpty Dumpty/Duloc Performer
  • Lola Stebbins – Baby Bear/Duloc Performer
  • Joseph McCormick – Guard Captain/Knight
  • Ava Hotaling – Bishop/Duloc Performer/Fairy Tale Creature
  • Carissa Shanahan – Teen Fiona/Duloc Performer/Fairy Tale Creature
  • Claire D’Angelico – Papa Bear/Duloc Performer/Fairy Tale Creature
  • Samantha Figueroa – Knight/Duloc Performer
  • Chelsey Kerr – Knight/Duloc Performer/Fairy Tale Creature
  • Chloe Hollner-Turner – Pied Piper/Elf/Duloc Performer
  • Bridget Hollner-Turner – Guard/Duloc Performer
  • Hailey Van Bramer – Young Fiona
  • Carter Thornton – Young Shrek


  • Christian Gunn
  • Tara Judd
  • Sherry Thornton


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