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Jessica Cabe
jcabe@postindependent.com
Shrek (Colby Rennie) scares Lord Farquaad (Austin Kennedy) in Rifle High School's production of "Shrek the Musical
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Colby Rennie, an 18-year-old senior at Rifle High School, has been in every high school musical since his freshman year, and he even sang in the high school’s production of “Les Miserables” when he was in 7th grade.

But as Shrek in Rifle’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” Rennie is making his debut as a lead.

Rennie sat down with the Post Independent to talk about his future in theater, his fat suit and his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps.

Post Independent: Have you performed in any other high school musicals?

Colby Rennie: More than I can count: every one since my freshman year, and then I was in “Les Miz” my 7th grade year.

PI: What made you want to audition for Shrek?

CR: It’s a childhood movie. I love “Shrek.” And I just wanted to try out and see if I could get a bigger part in it. And I guess I did.

PI: Have you played a lead before?

CR: No. I’ve played seconds and supporting roles, but never a lead.

PI: How did you feel when you found out you got it?

CR: Kind of like it’s the culmination of everything I’ve done.

PI: What do you like about your character?

CR: I like that he’s rough, tough and gruff, but at the same time, he has a little soft side to him. He brings it out sometimes. And donning the fat suit is the best. It’s the greatest.

PI: What’s your favorite part about being on stage?

CR: My favorite part of being on stage is shedding my skin and taking on the role of someone else. I love being someone else for a time and making the crowd laugh.

PI: As far as theater goes, what’s your favorite thing? Do you like singing? Acting?

CR: I like the combination of both.

PI: Do you plan on performing after high school?

CR: Yes, I do. Actually I’m not going to college. I’m enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, and I ship out June 1. But afterwards, I’ll go to college and do plays and musicals and things like that.


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