Actress reveals the beauty inner Fiona the ogre

Jocelyn Pickett is a beautiful younger lady who reviewer Joanne Engelhardt said became “a showstopper” in “The Producers” at Broadway By The Bay in April.

As Ulla, the tall Swedish siren said Engelhardt, “Pickett fills the invoice as she fills her attire that has slits as much as here and plunging necklines all the way down to there. The method it while she sings out, ‘When you’ve got it, flaunt it.’ She does.”

But as Fiona in “Shrek The Musical” at Foothill Music Theatre, she doesn’t constantly flaunt it; alternatively, sometimes she covers it up with an inexperienced ogre gown.

“It’s extremely good,” Pickett exulted throughout a recent smartphone interview. “I’m so excited about it!” Getting into the costume “is my favorite a part of everything.

“The message of the entire display is about freaks. We’re all quirky and weird, we’re all a group of freaks. But splendor in at the inner.”

The display, with the tune by Jeanine Tesori and e-book and lyrics by way of David Lindsay-Abaire, is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, “Shrek,” and William Steig’s 1990 book, “Shrek!”

It’s the tale of an ogre who just wants to be left by myself in his swamp, which is unexpectedly invaded via fairy tale creatures who’ve been pushed there at the orders of Lord Farquaad. Shrek cuts a deal to get his swamp back if he brings Farquaad a queen. Along the way, he alternatives up to a friend he doesn’t want — a donkey — however, unearth Princess Fiona.

Enter Pickett as Fiona. Who turns out to additionally be an ogre.

A lot of loopy stuff happens, and it’s all plenty of a laugh.

Pickett has to transition back and forth between lovely Fiona and ogre Fiona greater than once but said “there may be a team of directors and artists behind the scenes to help. The rest is just natural magic. Theater magic!”

Pickett, who got here to California with her husband in 2010, after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson, then came to the Bay Area 4 years in the past, said that she is having a first-rate time with the production.



“Milissa Carey is an appropriate director,” Picket stated. “And the solid is terrific. It’s the first-rate revel in all round.”

In her day job, Pickett teaches drama on the Theatre Arts Academy at Broadway By The Bay, that’s now on its second consultation.


What: “Shrek The Musical”

Produced with the aid of Foothill Music Theatre

Directed by: Milissa Carey

Featuring: Andrew Ross, Nick Kendrick, Jocelyn Pickett, Joey McDaniel, Jennifer Martinelli, Victor Velasquez, Vanessa Alvarez, Kyle Arrouzet, Christina Bologini, Seton Chang, Jorge Diaz, Nique Eagen, Ronald Feichtmeir, Gwyneth Forrester, Kayvon Korestani, Cameron Laird, Mylissa Malley, Katie Mazon, Sasha Motalygo, Sam Nachison, Jona Nicklin, Elena Panos, Tyler Pardini, Gwyneth Price, John Ramirez, Alea Selburn and Melina Smoker

Where: Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, I-280 and El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

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