Behind the Scenes
Featuring Susan Finnigan (Music Director) &
Judy Thompson-Price (Choreographer)
Shrek: The Musical at Zilker Theatre Productions
Making Magic On The Hillside
Judy Thompson-Price and Susan Finnigan have collectively created magic with song and dance on The Zilker Hillside for almost 30 seasons of the Zilker Summer Musical.
Here's Susan at the keyboards for the Shrek Callback auditions in March 2016.
Susan says, "I'm very excited to be heading up the music direction for Shrek: The Musical this summer. We've put together a fabulous cast and a truly awesome band, and I always welcome the chance to work with our Director, Scott Shipman, and our Choreographer, Judy Thompson-Price."
Judy has made dancing magic at The Hillside since 1981 with her first Zilker Summer Musical, Fiorello.
Shrek: The Musical will be Judy's 22nd show on The Zilker Hillside. She's won approximately 15 ACOT awards for choreography, including the Austin Critic Award for Best Movement in Zilker Theatre Productions' Crazy For You. As a performer, Judy danced at Six Flags Over Texas, Hemisfair in San Antonio, and for sixteen years at Austin Ballet Theatre under the direction of Stanley Hall. She has performed as the Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
Judy tells us, "I’m so excited to be back on The Hillside and to have to pleasure to work with this incredible production team and cast. I’m looking forward to Shrek: The Musical coming to life with the energy of the cast and the spirit of The Hillside that I love so much."
Bringing the Songs to Shrek
Susan Finnigan has spent many years at the keyboard of musical theatre productions in Houston and Austin, including several productions at Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Playhouse, Zach Theatre, Summer Stock Austin, and St. Edwards University. She has been nominated for several Austin Critic’s Table, B. Iden Payne, and Central Texas Excellence in Theatre awards for Best Musical Direction.
When she's not at The Hillside, Susan works as the St. Edward’s University Staff Accompanist/Coach. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston. She is married to Patrick, has four sons and three daughters-in-law, one granddaughter and two grandsons.
Susan sums up the magic of this season's Zilker Summer Musical here:
"Shrek has a little bit of everything in it: delightful humor, sweetness, fantasy, wonderful dance numbers, and it invokes almost every musical style from funk to swing to gospel just to keep us all on our toes. This will be my fifth Zilker Summer Musical, and Shrek is truly a special show!"