ALAMEDA -- In a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 2001 DreamWorks animated film, Alameda's Tomorrow Youth Repertory is presenting "Shrek the Musical" for four performances beginning Friday at the Kofman Auditorium.

The performance times are: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Kofman Auditorium is at 2200 Central Ave.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com). Tickets for children under 10 are $7 advance and $10 at the door. The tickets for adults is $13 advance and $15 at the door.

Based on the popular 1990 children's book by New Yorker cartoonist William Steig,

the musical comedy recreates the fantasy Kingdom of Far Far Away, featuring the unlikely hero Shrek, a cranky, swamp-dwelling ogre.

Shrek and his loyal steed, Donkey, set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful and temperamental Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire-breathing, lovesick dragon.

The musical score includes such numbers as Donkey's "Won't Let You Go," Shrek and Fiona's dueling "I Think I Got You Beat," Lord Farquaad's "Things Are Looking Up Here in Duloc," and ending with the entire cast singing "I'm a Believer."


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"'Shrek the Musical' is by far Tomorrow Youth Rep's most ambitious show to date. I'm thrilled to be working with the talented youth of Alameda," said director Amy Marie Haven. "The show is a colossal undertaking, with over 75 kids participating in all aspects of this production, from acting to stage makeup and costuming, and even set design. This family-friendly, energetic production is a perfect mix of entertainment for both kids and adults."

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for nonprofit organizations serving area youth. For more information, call 415-945-9005.

Tomorrow Youth Repertory was begun in the summer of 2011 when Jordan Best, Amy Marie Haven, and Tyler Null met to discuss joining forces to offer weekly youth theater classes and productions.

Operating for the first year as a sub-program of Alameda Children's Musical Theater, and then becoming an independent nonprofit in 2012, Tomorrow Youth Rep has pursued youth theater opportunities, offering multiple classes and camps to serve all experience levels, and serving hundreds of students.

-- Sylvie Schmid

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