Monday, May 2, 2011

The Rocky Horror Shrek Show!

We celebrated Children's Book Week with a clever take on the movie Shrek. Inspired by the revival on the television show Glee, we combined the interactive nature of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with one of our favorite movies, Shrek!

What is The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British musical comedy film that parodies science fiction and B-movie horror films.

Why The Rocky Horror Shrek Show?
Inspired by an episode of Glee and a love for the original Shrek movie, we thought we could take the interactive part of Rocky Horror and mesh it with Shrek. Despite a small turnout (8 children and three adults) we did have a great afternoon!

We are sharing information with you to create your own Rocky Horror Shrek Show!.
Also, if you have ideas to share, please leave us a comment or e-mail us at!
The ideas listed below are collected from friends and colleagues.

Please note: the information below assumes that you have previously watched Shrek.

The materials we used to create the experience:
-paper (for airplanes and to make signs.
-marshmallows (we used Kraft Jumbo Marshmallows)
-shredded paper for confetti

Movie license to show Shrek.

How we interacted with the movie
We left the captions on so that we could read the screen and/ orsing along.

Opening :At true Love’s first kiss we blew a kiss
Sing: All Star
Scare away the Mob: Scream
Donkey flies: Paper airplanes
Sing: All Alone (Donkey)
Who Knows Where Lord Farquaad is: we all screamed "Pick Me! Pick Me!"
When Lord Farquaad is torturing The Gingerbread Man and threatening his buttons: we ate a gum drop button
We all recited the exchange between Farquaad and the Gingerbread Man:
Do you know the Muffin Man?
The Muffin Man?
The Muffin man.
Yes, I know the Muffin Man, who lives on Drury Lane?
She's married to the Muffin man.
The Muffin Man?
The Muffin Man!

When The magic mirror showed Farquaad his choice of bachelorettes we held up signs to pick bachelorette 1, 2, o r 3

Upon arriving in DuLoc we all sang the welcome sign and took a picture
The fight in DuLoc:
Throw yarn, ribbon (the ale)
Cheer Shrek

Rescuing Fiona: we all screamed when we saw the dragon.

Walking in the woods
Fiona sings with bird: Everyone sings (I think if we do this again I am going to pass out bags to pop when the bird explodes)

When Robin Hood 'rescues' Fiona: Subtitles to sing the song

When Shrek, Fiona and Donkey make camp for the night: Marshmallows to eat in lieu of weed rats. (I couldn't find shoestrings for rat tails!)

At the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad:

Signs that read Applause, Awwww! Aaah! Gasp!
Green hearts (they are ogres!) and we made kissy noises.

At Shrek and Fiona's wedding we used shredded paper as confetti.
And of course all sang I'm a Believer.

In the future this will definitely be restricted to ages 10 and up. The younger members enjoyed the food but didn't really care for the interactive part of the performance.

Some of the materials for the movie

Lots of string!

Ms. Margaret helped out

A giant marsh..., uh weed rat!

The players showing off the signs

We have a whole week of events planned! Stop by and join in on the fun!


  1. Such a great idea! Very creative!!

    It would be fun to have everyone come in related costumes and maybe even have things to yell out whenever certain characters come on screen- ie: Donkey= everyone yells "hee-haaaaaaaaw" etc. That way, the audience starts to get more involved due to the repetition.

    Maybe local businesses could even be approached to sponsor a few prizes for the "best costumed family" to further encourage participation.

    This could be a super fun evening event for the entire family (cuz adults will get the comparison of Rocky Horror Picture Show) and will help explain and get the kids excited before the actual event.

    Thanks for sharing! Good Idea.
    Andi Figart, MLIS
    Osceola Library System

  2. Hey,
    I borrowed this for a Shrek interactive movie that we did for the library. Made a few adjustments, but basically did the same format. It went very well. I had several parents tell me afterward how much fun they had! Thanks for the ideas :)

    Ellen Fitzgerald
    Children's Services Professional
    White Oak Public Library District
    Crest Hill, Il