Everyone’s favorite ogre is back!
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
With a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there’s a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story this summer at Not Just Dance!
July 19 – 23 & July 26 – 30, 2021
Performances: Thursday, July 29 (at 7 pm) and Friday, June 30 (at 2 pm & 7 pm)
- Ages 8 – 18
- 10 days, with extended days on July 29 and 30
- July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28; 9 am – 4 pm
- On Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30, performers will attend from 9 am until after the evening performances
- Cost: $820, plus a $65 production fee (payable in increments – see payment details below) (TOTAL – $885)
- Siblings – $770, plus a $40 production fee (TOTAL – $810)
- Production Fee includes a t-shirt, archival DVD and 2 tickets to one performance
- Location: Chantilly, VA
- Optional – Extended Day – 7 am – 9 am OR 4 pm – 6 pm; Contact us for registration and details
- Non-Refundable Deposit: $100, due at registration
- Non-Refundable Production Fee: $65, due at registration ($40 for each sibling)
- Those who register by April 9th, may attend the Beginner Audition Workshop free of charge; or the Intermediate Audition Class for half price.
- Auditions are required. All students who register will receive a part, regardless of the audition. The auditions are to help us determine which parts match best to which students. Please see the Auditions page for all of the details.
- All payments received are non-refundable
Please register on-line. A $100 non-refundable deposit, along with a $65 performance fee ($40 for siblings), will be applied at registration. See schedule below for payments. Please register early to ensure your spot! All payments are non-refundable.
Total payment is $885 ($820 plus $65 performance fee). Siblings are $810 ($770 tuition plus $40 performance fee). All payments made are non-refundable and non-transferable
Those registering by April 9th can attend the beginner audition class free of charge.
Send a check, made out to Not Just Dance, to:
Pre-Camp: 7 am – 9 am – $205/student
Post-Camp, Afternoon Session: 3 pm – 6 pm – $295/student
Both Sessions: $450/student
Note: Not Just Dance reserves the right to cancel extended day if there is not enough interest in this program.
Note: you will be contacted once you register to discuss which payment option you’d like – pay in full or this payment plan. If you would like pay in full, you have option on the parent portal. If you would like to use the payment plan, the Not Just Dance staff will process payments for you. Full payment will be due at time of registration if registration is after April 1, 2021.
$165 – Due at registration (non-refundable, non-transferable)
$215 – February 1, 2021 (non-refundable, non-transferable)
$240 – March 1, 2021 (non-refundable, non-transferable)
$240 – April 1, 2021 (non-refundable, non-transferable)
Please contact us to make other arrangements, including payments for extended day options.
The curtain opens on a trio of Storytellers sharing the tale of a little ogre named Shrek. Papa and Mama Ogre sit Shrek down and have a coming-of-age talk with their son, telling him that, since he is now seven years old, it is time for him to make his own place in the world, and he must leave home (“Big Bright Beautiful World”). As the years pass, Shrek transforms into an adult and finds contentment living alone in a swamp on the edge of the kingdom of Duloc. Suddenly, the Captain of the Guards appears, leading a large group of Fairy Tale Creatures into the swamp, including Pinocchio, the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Ugly Duckling and the Three Bears. The characters have been exiled from the kingdom of Duloc and banished to live in the swamp (“Story of My Life”). Shrek returns home to find his once private swamp now teeming with the new inhabitants and angrily sets off to confront the leader of Duloc about the injustice.
As Shrek makes his way through a dense forest, he encounters a screaming Donkey under pursuit by more Guards from Duloc. Shrek scares off the guards and, having lost his way (and despite his better judgment), reluctantly agrees to let Donkey be his guide. Meanwhile, in Duloc, the Guards sing of the “gentrification” of the kingdom (“What’s Up, Duloc? – Part 1”). Lord Farquadd appears, questioning the captive Gingy as to the whereabouts of an available princess that Farquaad could marry in order to become king and justly gain control of all of Duloc. Threatened with torture, Gingy relinquishes the information — there is a princess in a tower that is guarded by a dragon and surrounded by boiling-hot lava. Just as Farquaad and the residents of Duloc begin to celebrate their future queen (“What’s Up, Duloc? – Part 2”), Shrek and Donkey arrive. Shrek demands the swamp be rightfully returned to him and, seizing an opportunity, Farquaad agrees to find a new home for the Fairy Tale Creatures if Shrek retrieves the princess for him.
High in her tower, Young Fiona dreams of being rescued by a handsome prince and living the idyllic fairy tale dream (“I Know It’s Today”). The years pass, and Fiona grows more anxious day after day, nervous that the stories she’s read have misled her. Despite her frustrations, she remains hopeful.
Meanwhile, Donkey passes time on the long journey by singing (“Travel Song”). Shrek and Donkey arrive at the castle and, donning a knight’s helmet that he finds in the castle for protection, Shrek tells Donkey to wait while he rescues the princess. Shrek climbs Fiona’s tower while she excitedly prepares for the arrival of her prince. The meeting doesn’t go quite as Fiona had planned, and she mistakes Shrek for a brave knight because of his helmet. Shrek doesn’t have time to correct this oversight as Donkey is now being pursued by the Dragon. Cornered in the dungeon, four imprisoned Knights warn Donkey that he may wind up like them. The Dragon, frustrated that no one ever pursues her, sings of her loneliness (“Forever”). Falling madly in love with Donkey, the Dragon spares his life, but attacks Shrek when she sees he’s freed Fiona. The two battle, and Fiona finally gets her storybook adventure (“This Is How a Dream Comes True”).
Having escaped the dragon, the group sets off for Duloc. Shrek reveals to Fiona that he is actually an ogre and has rescued her for Lord Farquaad. As the sun sets, Fiona demands to set up camp and disappears into a cave for the duration of the night. The Storytellers reveal that Fiona has been placed under a curse causing her to live “by day one way, by night another.”
The next morning, Fiona is chipper and highly caffeinated (“Morning Person”). She greets the woodland creatures, including the Pied Piper and his disorderly Rats, with cheerful optimism. The group continues their journey, and Shrek and Fiona bond over their horrible lives thus far (“I Think I Got You Beat”). The song ends in a gassy display of bravado, and the two become friends. Donkey is convinced that their relationship is actually a budding romance (“Make a Move”).
Having reached Duloc, Fiona postpones meeting Lord Farquaad for one more night and retires to a nearby barn to sleep as the sun sets. That night, Donkey stumbles into the barn and discovers Fiona’s secret — she has transformed into an ogress. Fiona explains that she has been cursed to live by day as a human, by night as an ogre, and sees Lord Farquaad as her only chance for happiness because no one could ever love an ugly ogre. Shrek, who has worked up the courage to tell Fiona how he feels about her, overhears only the last part of Fiona’s conversation with Donkey from outside the barn, and thinks she is talking about him.
The next morning, Shrek admits to Fiona that he heard everything she said. Fiona now thinks that he knows her secret and is unable to love her because of it. Just then, Lord Farquaad arrives to claim Fiona. He hands over the deed to Shrek’s swamp and makes plans to marry Fiona that night. Hurt, Fiona accepts and leaves with him. The Fairy Tale Creatures drudge on, having been evicted from the swamp. Donkey pleads with Shrek to try to win back Fiona, and the Fairy Tale Creatures agree that he must be proud of who he is rather than ashamed by it (“Freak Flag”). With a sense of empowerment and a plan of action, the group decides to return to Duloc.
Just as the Bishop is about to marry Fiona and Lord Farquaad, Shrek and the Fairy Tale Creatures burst in. Shrek professes his love for Fiona (“Big Bright Beautiful World – Reprise”), and the Fairy Tale Creatures reveal that Lord Farquaad’s father is a grumpy Dwarf. The discovery that Farquaad is actually a “freak,” like the Fairy Tale Creatures he condemned, shocks and surprises everyone. During this, the sun has gone down and Fiona has transformed into an ogress. Disgusted, Lord Farquaad claims that the marriage is binding — he is now king and shall lock Fiona back in the tower forever to rule Duloc himself. Just then, the Dragon crashes through the castle wall and heaves a fiery breath at Farquaad. Afterward, all that’s left of him is his scorched crown. Shrek and Fiona finally share “true love’s kiss” and, although the spell is broken, Fiona doesn’t turn back into a human. Shrek convinces her that she is beautiful just as she is, and everyone celebrates their individuality (“Finale”).