HITS Theatre, a Heights nonprofit theater company, kicks off the spring season with “Shrek the Musical,” their 31st-anniversary production at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Performances are over the next two weeks Thursday – Saturday, March 29 – 31 and April 5 – 7 at 8 p.m. The event is ticketed for covered seating. Free tickets are available (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The box office is located behind the theater. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets.
Really, though, the best way to see a performance is on the hill, which will start filling up in the afternoons before the show. I love a good picnic. If you’re cross-legged challenged like me, bring low to the ground lawn chairs. Sitting on the hill with a picnic blanket and all your own goodies is really the best way to attend these shows.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, here’s what the show is about, from HITS:
“Shrek the Musical” is a fun, family-friendly production about a faraway kingdom turned upside down and things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t be quiet, a bad guy with a short temper, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Full of all-new songs and great dancing, “Shrek the Musical” is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
HITS Theatre offers classes for grades 1 – 12 taught by skilled professionals specializing in the disciplines of acting, dancing, and singing. Each class culminates in a full production where every student performs on stage. Get more info hitstheatre.org.
Before you go, visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com for directions and parking, get there early! Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park, just south of the Museum of Natural Science and the McGovern Centennial Gardens.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.