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Shrek-A-Thon at The Smith this weekend

In addition to premiering “Shrek the Third” this weekend, the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, has also scheduled a “Shrek-A-Thon,” whereby all three “Shrek” films will be shown together for the first time ever, starting at noon on Saturday.Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, “Shrek” is a hilarious computer-animated comedy from 2001. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek’s swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek’s quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad’s realm of Duloc, where the Lord makes Shrek an offer: he will rid Shrek’s land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn’t quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. Reinventing the traditional fairy tale adventure, “Shrek” features gorgeous computer animation, a unique sense of humor, and compelling characters.In this meet-the-parents sequel to the romantic fairy tale in which two ogres fall in love, 2004’s “Shrek 2” brings the lovable green menace back for a second round of mischief. This time around Julie Andrews and John Cleese chime in as Fiona’s parents, Queen Lillian and King Harold. Surprising newcomer Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) — a slyly funny tabby honed for swashbuckling adventure — joins the crew. Last but certainly not least, the conniving duo of vain Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) and his power-hungry mom, the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), spice up the action. When Fiona insists that her new husband Shrek visit her parents, they travel to Far Far Away (a Disneyfied medieval version of Hollywood) where everything goes wrong. The King and Queen are outraged to see their daughter married to an ogre, and while Fiona tries to calm them, Shrek sets out to find a solution. He finds it, in the form of a Happily Ever After potion, which only complicates matters, drawing all parties into a confused exchange of magic and spells, all for the sake of true love. With shimmering animation giving “Shrek 2” near-3-D visuals, the witty scripting and eclectic pop music soundtrack keep the film hopping along with an upbeat pace.In the third installment of the wildly popular series, everyone’s favorite hygienically challenged ogre faces both parental and royal responsibility when his wife finds out that she is pregnant and that her father is on his death bed. The shock of these revelations leads Shrek on a journey with his loyal companions to seek out another heir to the throne — an awkward young boy named Artie Pendragon (Justin Timberlake). Waiting in the wings is the scheming Prince Charming, who sees the perfect opportunity to make his own bid for power and rallies a villainous crew to attack the castle.Filling the land of Far, Far Away with even more fairy-tale characters, “Shrek the Third” introduces the highly amusing Princess Squad — which includes Snow White (Amy Poehler) and Cinderella (Amy Sedaris) — and the bullying Lancelot (John Krasinski), among others. And, as always, this outing features many pop-culture references, even managing to nod to two horror films (“The Exorcist” and “Rosemary’s Baby”) in a single shot. The movie also allows for more hilarious interplay between Donkey and Puss in Boots, resulting in an entertaining, comedic adventure tale.”Shrek the Third” will be screened Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 92 minutes. All seats for this film are $3.The “Shrek-A-Thon” starts at noon on Saturday and will end at 5:30. All three films are rated PG. Sponsored by Long Pier Ice Cream, the “Shrek-A-Thon” features door prizes for everyone, drawings and giveaways, green popcorn, pizza, and lots of fun. Tickets to the “Shrek-A-Thon” are $5.Call 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483) for details or to order tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.TheSmith.org.The Smith Opera House is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.

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