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Student Spotlight

Riley Morley
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Riley Morley, an 18-year-old senior at the Garden School, has been in more than a dozen plays, but he said the role of Shrek has been his favorite so far.

The Garden School is putting on “Shrek the Musical” at 7 p.m. on March 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. on March 29 in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

While Morley said he hopes to participate in community theater, his career plans are pretty far removed from the stage. He told the Post Independent about his favorite roles, what he enjoys about performing and where he sees himself in the future.

Post Independent: What made you decide to audition for the musical, and what appeals to you about Shrek the character?

Riley Morley: I didn’t decide to audition for Shrek — it was mandatory. Every high school student auditions and is in the play at the Garden School. Shrek is an ogre, and everyone judges him without getting to know him, just like people judge me for being in the Garden School. Shrek is my favorite role so far. I like the music in the show.

PI: How many plays have you been in?

RM: This is my 14th play with the Garden School. I started in preschool. I have also done some skits at church for Vacation Bible School.

PI: Tell me about your first time on stage. What did you like about it or not like about it back then?

RM: I was a grumpy fox in “Narnia” at age 5. I didn’t want to sing then, but I do like singing now.

PI: What have been some of your favorite roles, aside from Shrek?

RM: My other favorite roles have been Nicely Nicley Johnson in “Guys and Dolls,” and Edmond in “Narnia.” I also performed as the Mayor of Munchkin City in “The Wizard of Oz” and Bill Sykes in “Oliver!”

PI: What’s your favorite part about performing?

RM: I love the applause and helping people enjoy the show.

PI: Do you plan to pursue theater in the future?

RM: I hope to do community theater in the future only as a hobby and maybe help backstage for the Garden School. In the future I’m interested in becoming an electrician and a volunteer firefighter.

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