CLUTE — Children have a chance to enjoy some appetizing barbecue, immerse themselves in the “Shrek” swamp and meet characters from the upcoming “Shrek The Musical” show.
“Swamp-E-Que” will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. Tickets are $20 and include lunch, entertainment and a meet-and-greet with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and friends.
The event is intended to get people excited about the show, which opens July 12 at the Center of the Arts and Sciences, show director Cindy Gernand said.
“We will have some of the characters there,” she said. “They will get to meet some of the characters beforehand.”
The lunch also is a means to help offset the musical’s expenses, Gernand said.
The show has many different pieces to it with puppets, live effects and an elaborate cast, she said.
“It gives us an additional way to raise a little bit more money because the rentals that we had to do, like the dragon and stuff, cost us a little more than some shows that don’t need that many specials effects,” she said.
Children also will receive some cute gifts, Gernand said.
“We got some little ogre horns on headbands to give to any of the kids who come,” she said.
It will be fun for children to have the opportunity to interact with the cast up close and personal instead of from the seat of a theater, show director Craig Fritz said.
“I think kids will have fun just being able to be there with the characters,” he said.
It’s a fun show, but there certainly is a lesson to it for children and adults, Fritz said.
“It has a very nice, touching message that will appeal to everyone,” he said.
For information on the luncheon, call the center at 979-265-7661.