About Shrek The Musical Jr.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes, and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.

About The JGW Drama Club

Rules & Regulations of The JGW Drama Club:

  1. All students who are in grades 3-12 and live in Haverhill are welcome to participate in The JGW Drama Club. If your child has a drama club at their own school, it’s common courtesy to speak to the director about joining our club as well. Our drama club operates outside the time frames of ALL drama clubs in Haverhill Public Schools to ensure that everyone can participate if they want to, and we will always make sure to accommodate this in the future.
  2. DIGITAL MEDIA AGREEMENT: All families of The JGW Drama Club agree to the performance requirement of allowing Mr. Gariepy, The JGW Drama Club, Haverhill Public Schools, and their affiliates, to photograph and videotape the child and/or children participating in the club, for documentation and promotional purposes.
  3. The students of The JGW Drama Club are to be prime examples of excellent behavior and good academic standing; all members, both on-stage and off-stage, must abide by this policy.
  4. The families of The JGW Drama Club understand that good behavior and good academic standing are both very important, and that the performer may be placed on probation or removed from the club if their behavior and/or grades suffer while participating in this club.
  5. The families of The JGW Drama Club also promise to abide by the rehearsal schedule and attend all rehearsals as outlined by Mr. Gariepy until closing night. In addition to this, the families of The JGW Drama Club understand that, if more than 2 rehearsals are missed for a production, the performer may be removed from the show.


The JGW Drama Club has been active at J.G. Whittier Middle School since 2018. The club has produced Hairspray Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Moana Jr.,  The Lion King Jr.,  Matilda the Musical, Into the Woods Jr., and most recently The Addams Family Young@Part. The drama club also hosts an annual talent show and chorus concert, both of which help to provide funds for the club in return. These efforts have led to complete self-sustainability without the need of additional funding.

Since established in 2018, The JGW Drama Club has gross profited TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. This past year, The JGW Drama Club was voted HAVERHILL’S BEST AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM 2023 by The Eagle Tribune and The Haverhill Gazette.