Goshen songbird to play Shrek's main squeeze

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By Janell Oliver

The key to success is about being in the right place at the right time.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’re bursting with natural talent, such as South Oldham High School graduate Sarah Peak.

Peak, who humbly chalks up most of her success to luck, will be performing in “Shrek the Musical” during the second week of June at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

The songbird from Goshen will play the role of Teen Fiona.

“I’m so excited that our tour is stopping in Kentucky,” Peak said. “I just know there’s going to be a huge crowd of friends from my high school.”

“Shrek the Musical” is part of a PNC Broadway Across America 2010-11 Season Presentation scheduled to wrap up in July.

“We’ve been touring across America for almost a year, spending every other week in a different city,” Peak said. “Even though it can be hard living out of a suitcase, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything in the world.”

But this isn’t Peak’s first major success.

In 2010, Peak toured for 10 months in the production of another musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

“I played Holly, the best friend of the main character,” Peak said. “That was my first tour and I’ll never forget it.”

Peak graduated from South Oldham High School in 2002 and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre from Northern Kentucky University in 2006.

Bags packed and ready to go, she landed in New York City a month after graduation.

“I was set on beginning a career in musical theatre and I knew New York was where I needed to be,” she said. “That’s where all the auditions are. Everything from casting calls for Broadway roles to cruise-line entertainment. I was prepared to take anything I could get.”

“Anything” has turned out to be two  prestigious roles in the world of musical theatre.

Upon her return to New York City, Peak plans on attending more open calls as well as invitation-only calls.

As for the old homeland, Peak said there’s nothing like the peace and quiet found in the midst of Goshen horse farms.

“You just don’t get big open spaces like this in New York City,” she said. “It’s so refreshing. I’m thankful this is where I grew up.”

Show dates are June 7 through 12.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

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