The Magik Theatre is looking toward the fall and a whole new season. First though, they’ve got to complete the season they're currently in. To do that they are staging a play with a very green star: "Shrek."
"We are bringing it to life at the Magik Theatre; tons of musical numbers, it’s a huge cast," said Magik’s Aimee Stead. "David Morgan is playing Shrek and Apollo Bradley, one of the Magik’s favorites, is playing Donkey. Lots of fun; it’s going to be a great show.”
The Magik’s focus is bringing theater to young people and their fall titles reflect that.
“We open up with 'Miss Nelson is Missing,' a show about a teacher who can’t control her students so she disguises herself as Viola Swamp, a very scary teacher, to try and scare her students straight," Stead said. "(That's) followed by 'Junie B. Jones,' one of the Magik’s favorites."
And the Magik season continues through the autumn and into the winter.
“We have a really exciting show that we call 'Elephant and Piggy.' That is a book by Mo Willems. He was a writer on 'Sesame Street,'” Stead said.
The Magik is known for its adaptation of books to the stage.
" 'Elephant and Piggy' is a beginners reader book and it’s a hilarious tale of two unlikely best friends, an elephant and a pig, and the adventures that get into," Stead said. "My own son reads it; he’s almost six."
I had to wonder if her son was like, ‘Oh my God, you work in the greatest place in the world!'
She agreed. “I’d say (so), because we have another title, 'Magic Treehouse.' If you have children who are already reading, 'Magic Treehouse' is incredibly popular," Stead said.
And why not? It’s all about a time traveling treehouse. Also on the horizon for the Magik is the beginning construction of the Hemisfair renovation just to their south. I asked her if that would be disruptive.
“Hemisfair has assured us that Hemisfair construction really shouldn’t affect our audiences or our performances," Stead said.