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‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Thursday, April 27 at Chapel Hill High

'Shrek the Musical' opens Thursday at Chapel Hill High

The green ogre is deeper than fans of the "Shrek" Dreamworks movies realize, says the student cast. Chapel Hill High School senior Bram Raets explains his lead character's relevance to today's teens.
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The green ogre is deeper than fans of the "Shrek" Dreamworks movies realize, says the student cast. Chapel Hill High School senior Bram Raets explains his lead character's relevance to today's teens.

For those who think “Shrek” is just about an ogre who saves a princess, Bram Raets says come see “Shrek the Musical” at Chapel Hill High this week.

“Especially today, kids struggle with who they are and their identity,” the 17-year-old senior says.

“When you have a story that says, ‘I am who I am and I don’t care what other people think,’ I feel like that’s supporting those who feel like they can’t express themselves or feel they can’t be who they want to be.”

Raets spends each performance in a DayGlo green mask and prosthetics that leave little room for facial expression. (“All my emotions are in my shoulders.”)

He says working on a play with fellow students for hours after school and on weekends has given him confidence to perform – he also sings acapella – and memories that will last forever.

“These group of people become your people,” he says. “For me, it’s a huge thing.”

The Chapel Hill High School Theater Department presents “Shrek the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 27-29, 2017, at the school’s Hanes Auditorium. Tickets at hanestheatre.seatyourself.biz (recommended) or at the door, if available. $10 for adults and $5 for students

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