Ball State Magazine | Ball State’s ‘Shrek the Musical’ Is a Sutton Foster Homecoming in More Ways Than One

For the cast and crew of Ball State’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” getting hands-on direction from Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster — who originated the role of Fiona on Broadway — has been like a fairytale come true. “Sutton has so much experience, and working with her has been a great opportunity to learn how industry professionals work,” said Zack Keller, a freshman musical theater major cast as the Mad Hatter. “She’s a great role model because she knows how to combine her talent, intelligence and hard work to be successful.” The staging of “Shrek the Musical” is one of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s most ambitious projects, said Bill Jenkins, who is co-directing the musical with Foster, a friend of the university for more than a decade. “We’ve never put on a show quite as demanding as this,” said Jenkins, chairperson of the department. “In terms of design elements alone, it’s our biggest, most involved production.”
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