On a busy theater weekend, here are three openings – besides “Animal Farm” at College of the Sequoias in Visalia – to consider. “Shrek the Musical” stomps into the Selma Arts Center, “An Ideal Husband” graces the 2nd Space Theatre and “Freedom Change” rides into the Fresno Art Museum. Here’s a roundup.
Ogre the rainbow
There are perks to being a princess, even one who’s locked in a tower. Taylor Delgado, who plays Fiona in the new production of “Shrek the Musical” at the Selma Arts Center, has a nifty backstage space she can call her own.
“You can’t see it from the audience, but the balcony where the tower is located actually extends all the way behind the stage,” Delgado says. “I spend most of Act I up there, so I’ve made it my little home with an endless supply of tea, cough drops, and potato chips for my voice and for anyone else who needs a vocal pick-me-up. It’s a nice quiet space for me to think and prepare for the next scene.”
“Shrek” is the latest in a line of ambitious productions in Selma, which over the past couple of years has become a local theater destination. Nicolette C. Andersen directs the show, which opened on Broadway in 2008 and is becoming a staple of community theaters.
“There are moments the audience will recognize from the movie, but there are also some really fun additions that make the musical version stand out on its own,” Delgado says. “Anyone who admires the film will definitely enjoy the Broadway version, and, much like the film, the humor appeals to both children and adults, so it’s really fun for everyone.”
Find an extended interview with Delgado here.
Details: Opens Saturday, April 23, and runs through May 7 at the Selma Arts Center, 1935 High St., Selma. www.selmaartscenter.com, 559-891-2238. $22, $20 seniors, $15 children.
Wilde about GCP
Following up on the strength of its stirring production of “The Glass Menagerie,” Good Company Players presents another classic play: Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” the 1895 plot-twisting comedy proving that love, marriage, and politics never really change.
Laurie Pessano directs the show, which follows a member of the British Parliament who is blackmailed into publicly supporting a fraudulent scheme.
Details: Opens Thursday, April 22, and runs through June 12 at the 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. www.gcplayers.com, 559-266-9493. $20, $17 students and seniors.
The Bay Area-based Iron Triangle Theater Company brings its tour of “Freedom Change,” a play about the incarceration of young people of color, to the Fresno Art Museum for one performance.
The play tells the story of a young man who finds himself locked up for a crime he didn’t commit.
Details: 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. 1st St. The play is free, and tickets are being distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations: 559-255-3300.