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Aimee Guillot and Olivia Cowell

Cafeteria Kids Theater co-founders and directors Aimee Guillot, left, and Olivia Cowell currently are rehearsing “Shrek the Musical,” which opens Friday, Nov. 3 at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center Main Theater.

The Napa Valley College Department of Theater Arts has partnered with Cafeteria Kids Theater to bring “Shrek the Musical” to life onstage at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center with a multi-generational cast.

“We chose to produce joyful plays this season and I am so grateful we did,” said Jennifer King, Artistic Director of Napa Valley College Performing Arts. “Given the recent wildfire events, “Shrek the Musical” will offer an opportunity for child and adult audiences alike to laugh and marvel at the extraordinary fairytale world Cafeteria Kids Theater and Napa Valley College Theater Arts students, teachers and staff are creating for our community.”

“Shrek the Musical,” directed by Olivia Cowell and Aimée Guillot, will play at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets at the box office, 256-7500 or napavalleytheater.org. All performances will take place at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center Main Theater.

Produced in partnership with the Napa Valley nonprofit Cafeteria Kids Theater, the production features young actors from Cafeteria Kids Theater performing alongside Napa Valley College students.

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“We are tremendously excited about this new partnership with the Napa Valley College Theater Arts Department,” said Aimée Guillot, Cafeteria Kids Theater founder and co-director.

“Cafeteria Kids Theater’s mission, to educate children to investigate the commonalities that exist in all people as they journey through the creative process, perfectly aligns with the Napa Valley College mission to prepare students for a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. We are thrilled to have the opportunity for our students to work alongside college students, and to rehearse and perform in the beautiful performing arts facility on campus. We look forward to growing the partnership and discovering new possibilities for performing arts programs for young people in Napa Valley.”

The large cast includes: Charles Jaeger (Shrek and Papa Ogre), Jaaziel Satten (Donkey), Kaylee Barker (Dragon), Lucy Harrington (Fiona), Michael Conte (Farquaad), Anna Harrington (Young Fiona), Jacob Madsen (Young Shrek) and Hudson Pickett (Duloc Greeter), Josie Goldfarb (Teen Fiona), Jason Celaya and Dayton Ochoa (King Harold), Diana Gonzalez (Queen Lillian), Kaylen Lehman (Mama Ogre), Dayton Ochoa, Olivia Nichols, and Joey DeNatale (Dungeon Knights), Olivia Nichols, Juan Puentes, Araceli Martinez, Shayley Zaccone, Maeve Roberts, and Cozette Calderon (Duloc Dancers), Dominic Doctor (Thelonius), Shane McGrath (Guard Captain) Everett Goldfarb, Donovan Messner and Sean Ryan (Duloc Guards) Julien Mclaughlin and Abigail Langhoff (Bluebird), Joseph Pharr, Lena Randall, Connor Cleland, Noah Goldman, April Shaw, James Gott, Tessa Mello, Eliza Wicks, Ben Mickens, Stephanie Sabre, Erin Smith, Fiorella Garcia, Talulah Finkelstein, Diana Gonzalez, Ashley Zavagoza, Isabella DeNatale, Sadie Carpenter, Sophie Heflebower, Jacob Madson, and Jason Celaya (Fairytale Creatures), Cat Indelcato, Meghan Goleno, Harper Hughes, Sophia Morales, Julia Bui, Nicki Haubold, Sofia Richart, Quinlin Gallagher, Camden Gilgallon, Gus Ringenberger, Elizabella Sanchez, Dylan Zapolski, and Gemma Roberts (Villagers).

Besides Cowell and Guillot, the artistic team includes Vivian McLaughlin (music director), Ariel Loraine (scenic designer), Freya Marcelius (costume designer), Theo Bridant (lighting designer) Tim Holtslag (scenic and properties artisan), Matthew Cowell (technical director) and Harry Miller (stage manager).

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