Thursday, February 25, 2016

‘Shrek: The Musical, Jr.’ at MJCCA Jerry's Habima Theatre

Driving home from a business trip Thursday afternoon I was listening to NPR when there was a wonderful interview regarding the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Jerry's Habima Theatre.  They are Georgia's only theatrical company featuring a cast of adult actors with special needs. These are adults with developmental disabilities like autism or Down Syndrome — and serious acting chops.

Now in its 23rd year, Jerry's Habima Theatre stages one full-fledged Broadway musical a year. This year's production is "Shrek the Musical Jr.," and Mary Nye Bennett is the program's new director. Speaking with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights," Bennett explained that the company's crew members are true professionals, honoring the efforts and talent they're supporting on stage.

While their rehearsals are longer than those at other theater companies, Bennett said that the actors  "remind me every day that they can take more than I give them ... [that] I need to keep pushing them further."

"Shrek the Musical, JR." opens February 25 and runs though March 6 at Dunwoody's MJCCA.
Shrek the Musical, JR.
02/25/2016 - 03/06/2016
General Admission: $35 adv
This year, the Jerry’s Habima Theatre cast will introduce the community to an ogre named Shrek, his noble steed Donkey, Lord Farquaad, Princess Fiona, and more in Shrek the Musical, JR. Hilarity ensues in the Kingdom of Far Far Away as this delightful musical takes twists and turns, challenging the perceptions of true beauty and romance.
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