Musicals at Richter, Danbury: While parents today are often accused of coddling their children far too long, such is definitely not the case for ogres who are released from parenting at age seven. Ogres are monsters usually found in fairy tales and folklore. In the outdoor production of “Shrek the Musical” at the Musicals at Richter, one such ogre is decidedly green and most scary to the characters in fairytales who are alive in the musical written by David Lindsay-Abaire with music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks Animation movie and the book by William Steig, the live production steps off the book pages, out of the flat screen movie, and into the real three-dimensional world. While youngsters love the storyline, this is really a family show and adults embrace it as much as kids.
The story is all about being true to yourself. Shrek and the love of his life, Fiona, learn that lesson well as they discover who they really are and find that inner beauty is more important than outer appearances.