WHEATFIELD | All sorts of construction has been underway in Wheatfield this summer for the Valley Community Players production of "Shrek the Musical," - the building of a dragon puppet, the construction of a bridge, and the creation of village scenery.

To create the big, bright beautiful world of "Shrek the Musical," which opens Thursday, many volunteers helped with hours of labor and financial support. Valley Community Players has a growing donor base and has received a $2,500 grant award from the Jasper Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support the community gives us. The grant from the Jasper Foundation is critical to our success. With it, we are able to costume the show,” co-founder, Amy Stepanek said.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday trough Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 W. Ind. 10. Tickets are $8. To make reservations, visit Facebook.com/valleycplayers,  text/phone (219) 232-6186 or email valleycplayers@gmail.com.

"Shrek the Musical" is based on the popular animated feature film and is filled with fairytale creatures, a silly Donkey, an eager Princess and the hero Ogre this show sure to entertain all ages.

Valley Community Players' mission is to create performing and producing opportunities for local artists and provide quality entertainment for the community of the Kankakee Valley School District and surrounding areas.

The organization also serves as a resource for theater education in the community, thanks to a committed group of volunteers who provide all the artistic onstage and offstage talent and work. Volunteers also comprise the front of house team and fill administrative roles.

Last month, Valley Community Players held a children’s workshop for students in grades 1 to 5 that culminated in a performance of Disney’s "Kids Jungle Book."

To contribute visit www.gofoundme.com/8lu5tc, and to volunteer, inquire at www.facebook.com/valleycplayers.

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