A live orchestra will provide accompaniment when the Wing and a Prayer group at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church presents “Shrek the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, June 24-26, at the church, 5875 Canal Blvd., New Orleans.

Admission is free, and a good-will collection is taken at intermission. It is best to get in line early, as seats fill up fast.

“Shrek the Musical” has a cast of more than 50, ranging in age from 8 to 68. Featuring a big green ogre, wisecracking donkey, feisty princess, a short-tempered bad guy and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, this fun-for-the-whole-family musical proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

For more than 40 years, the play committee at St. Luke’s has erected a stage in its sanctuary, producing musicals with a message as a ministry to the community. The performances spread the good word about the church and about the joy of live theater. Several cast members who participated in the musical in their younger days are now sharing the inspiration they received by teaching theater and directing or choreographing shows in schools and summer camps throughout the region. For information, call the church office at (504) 486-3982 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.