Shrek the Musical

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts presents “Shrek the Musical” based on the DreamWorks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig.

January 27th and 28th

January 27th at 7pm
January 28th at 1pm and 7pm
January 30th at 7pm

American Fork Junior High School Auditorium
20 West 1120 North
American Fork, Utah 84003

Adults $8.00
Students and Seniors $6.00
Two adults and two children $25.00

For more information call 801-768-8787

SHREK the MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Pioneer on CBS News: High school production targets bullying in schools

This is a production that has been in the works for a few years and is finally making its debut. Here is a news story that CBS affiliate – KUTV news aired featuring the production and the impact PHS hopes to make in the community through the performing arts.

(KUTV) He danced his way to some of the top musicals across the country and directed sold-out shows here in Utah.

Now Derryl Yeager is behind a new production that targets school bullying, called “Wide Awake.”

The show was put on by students at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork.

“It’s powerful. It’s really powerful,” said Yeager.

Yeager spent 25 years in the professional dance and Broadway show arena before he started the Odyssey Dance Theater in 1994.

It has produced hit shows like “Thriller,” “Redux Nutcracker,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”

Four years ago, Yeager helped open up a performing arts high school and has wanted to do a show about bullying.

“I titled the show ‘Wide Awake’ because that was my intent — was just, open your eyes. Open your eyes to what’s around you,” said Yeager.

But the word bully is never mentioned once during the 40-minute musical production.

“As soon as you say the word ‘bully,’ they are going to tune out,” said Yeager.

“I think it makes it more personal instead of just, bullying is bad,” said Jessie Martindale, one of the student actors in the show.

The stories told in “Wide Awake” are real, many of them coming from the actors’ own experiences.

“We’ve written our own monologues. We’ve given a lot of input on how we want to portray this — how we want to stage it,” Martindale said.

“Going about it this way is, in my opinion, more impactful,” said student actor Tal Stengel.

But the show isn’t all doom and gloom. Its final message is about believing in yourself.

“In a very imperfect world, whoever you are is perfect,” said Stengel.

“I think that is the overall message of the entire piece is, it’s survivable. And you shouldn’t even consider suicide or any of those things,” Yeager said.

Yeager is now in the process of working with schools and districts, hoping to take this production across the state.

For more about Derryl Yeager and Odyssey Dance Theater, visit its website.

Morgen Call, Student of the Month

Congratulations to Dance Academy member – Morgen Call – our student of the month. Morgen is both a talented performer and exceptional student. Learn a little more about Morgen below.

Morgen’s Interest:
Dancing, discovering new talents about myself and traveling.

Morgen’s Hobbies:
Dancing, making new friends, and cooking.

Morgen’s favorite aspect(s) about PHS?
“I get to do what I love everyday and constantly pushed to improve in my craft.”

Ruby’s Aspirations:
To become a professional dancer and travel the world – be part of a professional company.

Congratulations to Morgen for being our student of the month.

Mike Mitchell, PHS Teacher of the Month

Mr. Mike Mitchell has been nominated as our teacher of the month. Mr. Mitchell teaches Honors Language Arts, Philosophy, and Literature. Learn more about Mr. Mitchell below.

Mr. Mitchell enjoys philosophy, the mountains, baseball, and anything written by C.S. Lewis or G.K. Chesterton.

In his spare time Mr. Mitchell enjoys hiking, running, and anything that involves a mountain.

Favorite aspect(s) about PHS?
I love the focus on the arts and the way the small class sizes allow everyone to know each other.

To continue teaching and learning.

Congratulations to Mr. Mitchell for being our teacher of the month and for all of his hard work to inspire the students at PHS.

Oct. 17th: Masterclass with Dallyn Bayles

Save the Date: Oct. 17th. Musical theatre master class with guest artist Dallyn Bayles. One of the many great opportunities for students at a charter school for the performing arts.
“I Hope I Get It!”
Broadway touring musical theatre and vocal recording sensation Dallyn Bayles will be conducting a master class teaching our students the do’s and don’ts of choosing, preparing, and performing a killer musical theatre audition.  He will perform audition pieces for students and then coach select students in their own audition pieces.  A perfect master class to focus on the upcoming PHS musical auditions!

Free workshop: music, dance and theatre

Join Pioneer High School’s worldclass directors and faculty in theatre, dance and music. Workshop participants will learn material from Odyssey Dance Theatre’s hit Halloween production “Thriller,” theatre participants learning material from industry professional Shawnda Moss in Theatre/Acting, and Caleb Chapman where he’ll focus on what makes for a dynamic stage performance.

For ages: 12 to 18
Price: free
Check-in: 9:00 am
Workshop time: Starts promptly at 9:30 AM to 12 noon.
Location: 555 East Main Street, American Fork
RSVP: please email your name and which session you’d like to attend.

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Workshop sessions and time are listed below:

Soloing Like a Pro
Taught by Caleb Chapman, Artistic Director

Performing music is most often a team sport, but there are times when every musician will be asked to shine on their own. Stepping into the spotlight on the stage involves so much more than just playing or singing the right notes. Learn how to own the stage from the first note of your feature and connect with your audience.

Making an Entrance
Taught by Shawnda Moss, Artistic Director

Every actor knows you should be in character when you enter the stage – audience members make a snap judgement the moment they see you on stage – but often it’s a few lines into the scene or several steps into the light before you feel like you are your character on stage. Learn how to get into character BEFORE you enter the stage or immediately after introducing your acting work. You can create the entrance that your character has been destined to make by exploring Uta Hagen’s “Three Entrances” exercise. Your entrance – and character – will definitely make an impression!

Thriller from Odyssey
Taught by: Deryll Yeager and Odyssey Dance company

During this workshop students will learn choreography and performance technique as they work from Odyssey’s hit dance production “Thriller.”