“I’ve been honored to work with this company and I’m excited with what they’ve accomplished,” he said. “Some of the scenes are written for a huge ensemble and we have maybe five people on the stage, so the skill and talent level of everyone involved is awe-inspiring.”
The musical, which will run through March 16 and is based on the Dreamworks adaptation of William Steig’s book, is designed, Clark said, for children and adults of all ages.
“There are many great lines people will know by heart,” he said. “This production has really retained the humorous and compassionate features everyone has come to love about the show.”
Clark said musicals, much like Shrek, were what got him interested in pursuing theater as a career.
“I started loving theater at a very young age and from that point on I knew I would never be anything other than a performer,” he said.
After studying acting and music in college and working in regional theaters in the Midwest, Clark said he moved to Atlanta and worked for Georgia Shakespeare in 2012.
“Working in and around Atlanta performing Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde plays and now acting with the Alliance Theatre has been awesome,” he said.
“That’s the cool thing about theater, one day you’re playing a British aristocrat and the next you’re portraying a Scottish ogre.”
Clark said he hopes to stay in the Atlanta area and keep pursuing a variety of roles in the future, but is focused on presenting the real story behind his character in Shrek.
“A lot of fans of Shrek think of the fun and humor in the show, but beneath that, it’s a really relatable, human story that is really beautiful,” he said.
“It’s about how beauty is when you are your true self and that’s something this production has really highlighted — the compassion and sensitivity in each character.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/shrek.
If you go:
What: Alliance Theatre Company’s Shrek the Musical
When: Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. through March 16
Where: The Alliance Theatre stage, 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
Cost: Adult tickets are $35 and children’s tickets are $20