Annual Summer Musical

Thursday, July 16 - Sunday, July 19
Tickets $13/ $10 Students and Seniors

This summer the Arts Council of Wilson is gearing up for another summer of fantastic theater, spearheaded by our community musical Shrek The Musical. This year's production will be directed artistically by Christopher A. Ballance, Performing Arts Director of the Arts Council of Wilson, with musical direction by Jayson Keyton, and choreography provided by Patricia Bradshaw. Shrek The Musical tells the story of an ogre named Shrek who desires one thing and one thing only, to be left alone. When the evil Lord Farquaad banishes all the fairy tale creatures in the land to Shrek's front doorstep our green friend is a little less than pleased. Shrek also gains a new "friend" through this process. Donkey is a talking, you guessed it, donkey who has developed an attachment to Shrek and desires to be around him as often as possible. In the meantime, Lord Farquaad, desiring to be king, pines for a queen to make him so. He finds his heart's desire in Princess Fiona, an imprisoned princess who is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon in a tower. When Shrek confronts Farquaad, Farquaad cuts him a deal saying that if Shrek can bring him Fiona then he can have his swamp back. So Shrek and Donkey set out to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her back to Farquaad. What commences is a grandiose musical journey that will have you laughing and entertained with songs such as "Story of My Life," "Don't Let Me Go," "Morning Person," "Who I'd Be," "Freak Flag," and "I'm a Believer."

Shrek The Musical will run for one weekend only on July 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and July 19 at 3 p.m. Please save the date for this fantastic, Tony nominated musical that is appropriate for the whole family. Tickets are going to be $13 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information please go online to or contact the Arts Council at 252-291-4329.


The Arts Council of Wilson wants to thank everyone who came out for the auditions for Shrek the Musical, you made the production staff's job very difficult. Below is the cast list for Shrek the Musical. Please make sure that you comment below if you are choosing to accept your role. If not, please let director Christopher Ballance know by either phone call or email.
Shrek: Matty Reda
Fiona: Katherine Crickmore
Donkey: Brett Ward
Lord Farquaad: Caleb Skinner
Pinocchio: Bryan Pridgen
Teen Fiona: Paige Platt
Young Fiona: Mary Thomas Watkins
Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Slaughter
Cobbler's Elf: Thorin George
Three Pigs: Richard Stover, Landon Pauley, Ray Outlaw
Pied Piper: Jaron Fields
Ugly Duckling: Gabby McHarg
Papa Bear: Gary Moore
Mama Bear: Bobbi Jo Bone
Baby Bear: Kaitlyn Zhoroff
Big Bad Wolf: Fletcher Duke
Peter Pan: Shelton Carter
Papa Ogre: Greg Spence
Mama Ogre: Amanda Pauley
Young Shrek: Jah'mez Moore
Three Blind Mice: Tammy Reason, Linda Barrera, Arica Tuggle
Wicked Witch: Susan Leigh
Fairy Godmother: Holly Long
King Harold: Chris Howell
Queen Lillian: Jana Winders
Bird: Mary Beth Cameron
Grumpy/Humpty Dumpty: Zachery Rayburn
Dragon: Jana Winders, Rachel Mikell, Chavonne Jones, Leann Bernard
Duloc Dancers: Maggie Slaughter, Scottie Helm, Dawson Claire McHarg, Danielle Matrejek
Ducloc Dancers/Knights: David Piper, David Nguyen, Eric Eatmon, Rakim Matthews
Guards: Brandon Odom, Jack Stevens, Cortez Sams, Jeff Dodson, Thomas Ellis, Jordan Warren, Thomas Matrejek, Craig Moody, J.B. Yankosky, Evan Castelloe
Ensemble: Andrew Joyner, Matthew Joyner, Madison Winders, Adrian Johnson, Savannah Etheridge, Drew Witter, Natalia Zambrano, Arisbeth Santiago, Haili Ludlam, Jaden Rogers, Ebria Coe, Laura Ann Taylor, Aubrey Motley, Stephen Moen, Pamela Small, Avery Howell, Hope Nguyen, Emma Beneck
Tech Crew: To Be Announced


For more information about programs

Contact Christopher Ballance: 291-4329 x16,
or email

School groups and
homeschoolers welcome!

Would your school group like to attend an ACT! for Youth performance? Our Thursday school matinees are available at discounted ticket prices on a first come/first serve basis. Teachers should contact Christopher Ballance, Performing Arts Director, at 291-4329 x16. All school groups will be mailed a confirming letter once reservations are made.


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Wilson Arts Center
124 Nash Street SW | Wilson, NC 27893
252-291-4329 | fax 252-234-0049

ACT! For Youth

Arts Council

The Arts Council Troupe for Youth or ACT! for Youth (AFY) is an entity of the Arts Council of Wilson whose purpose is to provide live theater opportunities for the youth of Wilson County and surrounding areas. Productions are open to children in kindergarten through high school age who live in Wilson County, or whose parent(s) live or work in Wilson County, or those who are contributors to the Arts Council of Wilson. The performances are open to the public, and school day performances are also offered during the school year.