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‘Shrek the Musical’ canceled

contributed graphic The Marshalltown Community Theatre has canceled “Shrek the Musical” in order to ensure the community’s safety during the pandemic.

The Marshalltown Community Theatre has canceled the summer production of “Shrek the Musical” due to continued COVID-19 concerns.

Nathan Bloomquist, director of “Shrek the Musical,” said he is disappointed to have to put the production on hold, but it is for the best.

“There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into this kind of process but however the safety and security of our community takes precedence,” he said.

While the MCT Board is anxious to get back to putting on quality performances, the health of Marshalltown residents is the highest priority.

Bloomquist hopes the theatre will be able to put on “Shrek the Musical” next summer. He believes people will really enjoy the show.

“Shrek is the kind of musical that really celebrates the magic we have inside each and every one of us,” Bloomquist said.

Based on the beloved DreamWorks movie released in 2001, it follows the story of a grumpy ogre named Shrek who unwittingly embarks on an exciting adventure. 

Bloomquist said the musical is also unique because of the difficulty of presenting it.

“It is also a challenging show to put on. From the hodgepodge cast of magical characters to the extravagant set design, it is a show we were hoping to sink our teeth into and celebrate together with our community,” he said.

Bloomquist encourages residents to support the theatre if they are able.

The Marshalltown Community Theatre has put on many great productions for the community, and now is the time to show support for their hard work.

“Since this situation is affecting everyone it is important that we do what we can to support not only our local businesses but the arts as well. Should anyone wish to send support, donations can be made payable to ‘Marshalltown Community Theater’ P.O. Box 923, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158,” Bloomquist said. “We wish to thank everyone for their continued support and hope to see you all next season!”

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Contact Anna Shearer at ashearer@timesrepublican.com.

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