Zane Trace Players production of ‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Friday night


By Christine Holmes, News Director

It’s opening night for “Shrek the Musical” at the Renner.

Based on the 2001 Dreamworks animation of the 1990 William Steig book, the Zane Trace Players will bring Shrek to life Friday through Sunday over the next two weeks.

The musical combines a number of fairytale creatures on one stage as ogre Shrek and sidekick Donkey set off to rescue Princess Fiona as part of an agreement with ruler Lord Farquaad.

Starring in the nearly 60-member cast are Steve Hendershott as Shrek, Blake Nesselroad as Donkey, Sarah Gantzer as Fiona, Jared Gantzer as Lord Farquaad and Jodi Wolfe as the Dragon.

Sharing the role of Young Fiona are Kate Hoover and Alonna Hendershott with Avie Mosebrook playing Teen Fiona.

The full cast is below.

Fairytale creatures:

  • Becca Wilson
  • Maddie Gantzer
  • Michelle Robinson
  • Albert Brown
  • Abby Cox
  • Alaina Wahl
  • Colleen Piccone
  • Jillian Mueller
  • Stephanie Wahl
  • Trenton Hill
  • Amber Allen
  • Autumn Wheeler
  • Misha Metcalf
  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Nathan Scott
  • Katie Anderson
  • Layla Sandlund
  • Allie Norman
  • Grayson Gantzer
  • Minh-Phuong Scott
  • Alaina Roberts
  • Naomi Scott
  • Brielle Snider
  • Kylie Bradley
  • Mihn-Lien Scott
  • Allison Mudgett
  • Mihn-Chau Scott
  • Jadyn Hendershott
  • Julia Gantzer


  • Tahnee Kay
  • Lee Hoover
  • Amanda Cox
  • Kiersten Allen
  • Amber Winland
  • Jeff Blodgett
  • Scott Robison
  • Josiah Gross
  • Miles Hambrick
  • Ashton Henderson
  • Thomas Hoover
  • Gabriel Stemm
  • Staci Allen
  • Addie Baldwin
  • Elise Clark
  • Emily Clark
  • Cady Hendershott
  • Dee McCarthy
  • Margi Wyson
  • Emma Gross
  • Mia McCarthy
  • Payton Van Nort

The show is directed by Kari Scott.

Members of the production team include:

  • Kevin Rahrig, Music Director
  • Alaine Kay and Christy Rahrig, Assistant Directors
  • Jillian Von Gunten, Choreographer
  • Marley Kennedy, Stage Manager
  • Chad Stemm, Lighting Design
  • Dakota McConaha, Sound Design
  • Shelley Tolliver, Costume Design
  • Brandon Lemmon and Austin Lemmon, Special Effects

Additionally, the musical features a live orchestra composed of adult and student musician, as well as a stage crew.

The show runs March 15 through 17 and 22 through 24.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The Renner is located at 148 N. Seventh Street in Zanesville.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $5 for children.

Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling (740) 453-8481.

This performance of “Shrek the Musical” is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council.