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Cool at School: Students perform 'Shrek the Musical'

LAS VEGAS - The award winning theatre group Faith Lutheran Theatre Company is taking its school production of “Shrek the Musical” to a new level.

Faith Lutheran Theatre Company is performing the musical this month. It’s one of many shows by the school theater group, and the performers are turning themselves inside out for it.

“I would say this show demands a lot of its actors: singing, dancing, do it with full prosthetics or holding a giant, twenty-foot-long dragon with furry mice strapped to their feet,” said Head of Theatrical Arts Erik Ball.

When 8 News NOW caught up with Ball and some of the performers, they were running rehearsals and placing final touches on the costumes.

Freshman Jackson Langford plays Donkey. “It's fun to not always have to be yourself, fun to make believe and pretend,” he said.

His brother plays the grouchy and solitary ogre Shrek.

Junior Brooke Solan says their stage, the Chapel Performing Arts Center, rivals theatres on the Strip.

“The theatre program here at Faith has grown so much every year,” she said.

Unlike other productions where it's more about the show or theater, Ball says the most unique element at Faith Lutheran is that it's truly about the students.

“We focus on providing opportunity for students to learn together, create something unique and original, so that they can take those attributes and skill sets together, take the skill sets and apply them to whatever field they go into,” Ball said.

Performances of Shrek the Musical can be seen at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, along with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Sundays. The performances run through May 11.

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