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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

‘Shrek the Musical’ next for Aspire Performing Arts Company’s Senior Performing Ensemble

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Aspire Performing Arts Company’s Senior Performing Ensemble is currently in final rehearsals for its upcoming production of Shrek the Musical. The production will feature local students ages 11-17 and will take place on
Friday, July 18 at 8pm and Saturday, July 19 at 3pm at Kinnelon High School in Kinnelon, NJ.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Shrek the Musical is directed by Aspire PAC President and Artistic Director Lisa Beth Vettoso, with musical direction provided by Charles Linnell, Choral and Drama Director at Kinnelon High School.


George Strus of Wayne will perform the role of Shrek. Wayne residents will perform additional lead roles: Kelcie LaSalle (Fiona), George Massood (Donkey), and Robert Scharf (Lord Farquaad).

The ensemble includes Melody Appel, Katherine Benedict, Jordan Bernstein, Courtney Bulger, Aaron Carr, Julia Chrisbacher, Jonathan Cocca, Trinity DeVries, Colette Dollon, Coco Dollon, Katerina Farese, Veronica Gail, Kyla Gallipoli, Joshua Hanstein, Ella Harris, Sasha Kazakov, Julia LaSala, Jake Maayan, Gia Maayan, Louis Messercola, Christopher Mezza, Maggie Minogue, Annie Pascale, Valerie Pascale, Anthony Paterno, Ally Rasa, Anton Rizzo, Giulia Russo, Jacqueline Tkaczenko, Jason Tobias, Lily

Advanced sale tickets are available online and additional tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, visit or contact Aspire PAC at or at 201-220-4933.

Aspire Performing Arts was founded in January 2011 by Lisa Beth Vettoso. Ms. Vettoso has more than twenty years of experience in the performing arts and has been working with youth for more than a decade. Aspire Performing Arts Company’s mission is to provide educational workshops and full-length production opportunities for children and teens, offering them a professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere.

Recent productions by Aspire PAC include The 25th  Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Footloose, Annie Jr., Once on this Island Jr., G2K Cinderella, and 13.—.

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