One last chance to see GMSD students on the Theater Memphis stage in Shrek

By Abi Crigler

Riding the glory of a High School Musical Theatre Award win this past spring, the halls of Houston High are practically bursting with budding thespians who all make their home within the lilac walls of the theatre room. In addition to bettering these students in their craft every day, the Houston Theatre Department also encourages these stars to spread their talent throughout the community, and students Will Lowery, Julianna Stanford, Cat Carlin, and Paige Hollenbeck have done just that with their involvement in Theatre Memphis’s production of Shrek the Musical.


Based on the animated film, Shrek the Musical follows Shrek, an ogre, as he embarks on a complicated quest, complete with a pint-sized prince, quirky donkey, fire-breathing dragon, beautiful princess, fairytale misfits, and more. Our HHS actors bring this story to life on the semi-professional stage superbly, utilizing their humor, energy, and unequivocal talent.

Cat Carlin works behind the scenes as a dresser, ensuring each star is perfectly placed in their fantastic costume, and Will Lowery, Paige Hollenbeck, and Julianna Stanford all act in a variety of roles. Stanford showcases her lovely dance skills as a princess, featured dancer, bearded man, and tap dancing rat, while Lowery and Hollenbeck perform to a similar capacity with extra responsibilities as featured soloists playing the Mad Hatter (Lowery) and Baby Bear (Hollenbeck) apart of the Fairytale Ensemble.

“Shrek the Musical is a fun, family-friendly experience that encourages personal individualism,” said Will Lowery of the show and its self-celebratory message.

These performers will continue to brighten the stage through this weekend, September 7-10th, down at Theatre Memphis. The show begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00pm on Sunday. Admission is $30 for adults, $15 for students, and $25 for seniors and military personal, and we hope you will come out and see these wonderful mustangs in action. We are so proud of these students’ talent and effort. 
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