The jolly green giant

. April 29, 2013.

Only two schools in the country have been selected to produce the first-ever high school productions of Broadway phenomenon Shrek: The Musical, and one of them is Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High. “It had to be kept top secret, and we didn’t even know until the announcement on February 3,” says assistant producer and Pioneer senior Kate Summers. Pioneer students will make their debut on Friday and Sunday, May 3 through 5. The score and book of the show have changed slightly for high school productions, and include simpler costumes and a storyline that adheres closely to the movie. “The movie is so touching, and we’re trying to grasp the humanity that you find there,” says Kate. Nonetheless, the production is a big one, with 53 cast members and costume, set, and light crews working hard over spring break to ensure the top-notch results that Pioneer Theater Guild productions are known for.

Appropriate for all ages. Friday, May 3, 7:30pm; Saturday, May 4, 2pm matinee & 7:30pm; Sunday, May 5, 2pm matinee. Tickets: $10 for students, 65+ seniors, and PHS staff; $15 adults; available online at prior to the show. General admission tickets available at the door before each performance. Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd.