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At the beginning of May, our drama teacher, Ms. Pat Murray, and many students and staff presented The Shrek Musical at the Jorge Amado Theater here in Salvador. They presented the show twice, sold all tickets, and there were still people wanting to see it. They had been rehearsing for a long time during breaks, after school and weekends and put a lot of effort into this. Ms. Pat, who directed the show, agreed to answer a couple of questions about the whole process, from choosing which musical to do until opening night.
Scoop: What inspired you to do the musical? Why did you choose Shrek?
Ms. Pat: Directing musicals is my absolute favourite thing to do. I'm not really sure why, but I know that it is something that just comes naturally to me and hours can feel like minutes while I'm directing. Seeing kids gain confidence and watching meaningful relationships form amongst the ensemble just makes me really, really happy. Shrek was decided upon after several other requests. I wanted to the The Lion King, but after weeks of emails and then being turned down that title, and then other Disney titles afterward, we were informed that Disney would no longer grant Brazil any rights at all. Rumours of Brazilian organizations producing their musicals without paying the rights floated around. Having said that, I really can't imagine our ensemble doing anything other than Shrek now.
Scoop: What was your favorite part of the musical?
Ms Pat: I LOVE when the actors are finally off-book and begin to discover who their characters are...or can be! So, I guess I'd have to say that rehearsals are always my favourite part. But, seeing the happy faces at the theatre is a tremendous feeling too!
Scoop: If you could, would you do anything differently? If yes, what?
Ms Pat: I would have insisted on having a Producer. I have never worked without one before and won't again.
Scoop: How was the rehearsal process before the show?
Ms Pat: Amazing! I have never worked with such a committed group of actors and this is the first time I have worked with Elementary kids, so that was just so much fun for me!
Scoop: What are your general comments on the musical and actors?
Ms Pat: The way in which I always measure a show's success is if when the curtains close on the last show the actors say:" When are doing our next show?" With Shrek, the kids and parents were asking a month before close, and are still asking me! PASB has an incredible amount of talent and I know that next year's show will serve to offer stiffer competition!! Break a leg!
Thank you, Ms. Pat, for doing the interview and congratulations to all of the actors and crew involved in making the musical the best possible. Everybody worked very hard and the musical was a success!