HCT – 2014 Fall Production of Shrek the Musical!
Hawaii Children’s Theatre would like to thank everyone who help make the Broadway musical production of Shrek The Musical a success, it was truly a one of a kind Hawaii premiere! Fresh off Broadway and a National Tour, Shrek was performed from Nov. 14 to 23 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue. Based on the beloved Dreamworks animated film, Shrek the Musical was nominated for and won numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards. All ages enjoyed this fun and funny show filled with fantastic costumes, sets, special effects and a full orchestra.
The production team is was led by Director, Marly Madayag (Peter Pan, Sound of Music), who also directs the wonderfully professional Kalaheo Elementary school musicals, Kauai’s Teacher of the Year for 2014! She is assisted by our fearless leader, Stage Manager Bailey Hutton. Preparing the cast in all their musical numbers and conducting the Orchestra is talented Musical Director, Nina Saraos and ‘Broadway-style’ dancing by equally talented Choreographer, Carol Culver. In her third production with HCT, Costumer, Kathy Leonard, is busy creating the fantastic costumes with Alexandria Taogoshi designing the specialty hair and makeup. Exciting sets, puppets, dragons and technical effects are being created by Brooke Morgan, Esther Manning, Brenda Biehler, Jarhett Gaines, Steve Whitney, Arnoud Teersteg and a host of volunteers.
The leading roles of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona and Farquaad were in the very capable hands of Robert Carrasco, Isaac Worth, Jennifer Downs and Ross Martineau. Darlene McLeod voiced Dragon. The multi-talented cast, all of whom take on a variety of singing and dancing roles include Sydney Agudong, Athena Alexander, Jaden April, Logan Baptiste, Tirah Brings, John and Jonah Cabello, Napua Canales, Sarah Carrasco, Kane Casillas, Christian Core, India Davies, Georgia Degracia, Kameron Fort, Erin Gaines, Jeremiah Garcia, Kilinoe Garcia, Julie Goldberg, Erik and Lolli Hagen, Maddison, Savannah and Tanner Hubbard, Blade and Dolly Kanekuni, Patric Knight, Laura Leonard, Kristen Miyasaki, Colton Moore, Charles O’Neill, Mitchell Ouye, Stacy Ramos, Sean and Tara Randol, Shanda Rego, Chloe and Sabryn Rudinoff, Kaylee Russell, Emma Schneck, Mia Thompson, Manulea Trujillo, Jace Turville, Jayda Wakilina, Ethan Whatmore and Callie Yavinsky.
Creating a big Broadway style musical required a lot of help and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all the extra individuals who helped volunteer.
Shrek, The musical is the third show Marly Madayag is directing for HCT. Marly was born on Kauai and is a graduate for Kauai High School. She went on to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education. After graduating, Marly came back to Kauai to teach. She presently teaches 5th graders at Kalaheo Elementary School as well as directs an after school drama program for the 3rd through 5th graders.
Marly first became involved in drama by doing children’s musicals for after school programs on Oahu and Kauai. She has also worked on the drama ministry at Kalaheo Missionary Church, helping plan Sunday drama presentations. In their 12th season Kalaheo School, Marly and the drama parents/ students have presented musicals such as Snow White, Treasure Island, The Princess & The Pea, HONK Jr., Aladdin Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr. , Beauty & The Beast Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr. No Strings Attached – the Adventures of Pinocchio, and Hans Christian Anderson’s, The Nightingale.
Marly has also credits in our local community theater. She has done everything from being a backstage dresser on HONK!, being on the cast in Beauty & The Beast, working special effects on Cinderella and Scrooge the Musical ; stage managing for Big River, Willy Wonka and Les Miserables and finally directing Peter Pan and Sound of Music. She has also worked with the Kauai Academy of Creative Arts as a drama teacher as well as HCT’s Summer Stars as the AM program director, acting, music and diction teacher.