Live theater returns to Wellington when the independent performing group Theatre Arts Productions (TAP) presents Shrek The Musical on the Wellington High School stage Aug. 6, 7 and 8 with a cast of 28 actors from age 7 to 68 years old.
The three-year-old production company provides a complete range of private acting lessons and classes to prepare actors of all ages for stage performances.
“We are three-and-a-half-years-old, if you count the six months we discussed it before following the request of local parents, who had been asking us to start a theater company, and then we just made the decision to get on with it,” said Jaycie M. Cohen, artistic director of the nonprofit group. “We are not associated with the schools, but we rent the Wellington High School theater for performances.”
Cohen explained that the purpose of the organization is to bring more live theater to the Wellington area.
“We present live theater productions for the cultural education, entertainment and inspiration of the community,” she said. “We strive to foster and develop, through theatrical workshops and other appropriate means, the artistic talents and skills of adults and young people in the community.”
TAP provides year-round private lessons, classes, workshops and interview presentations with professionals in the industry. Classes delve into character analysis, complete theater and technical production, so actors learn all the technical elements, such as costumes, props, lighting and sound.
“We have an amazing cast that will be presenting Shrek The Musical,” Cohen said.
There will be four performances. Opening night is Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 7, there will be the matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. The final curtain is the 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 8. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
“We also have advertising space for sponsors in our playbill program,” Cohen said.
For information about tickets, sponsorships and other upcoming performances, call (561) 568-8659 or visit www.tapstars.org.