WENATCHEE — Dragons are thought of as those large, graceful beasts that fly through the sky.
But when they are built out of fabric and plastic, they need a little help.
So it was on Saturday when part of the set crew from Wenatchee School District’s “Shrek the Musical,” needed to get their 20-foot-long, pink creature the distance of a mile from where it was built to the stage at the high school.
The plan at first was to carry it by hand but when weather turned cloudy and wet, a search went out for a dragon trailer of sorts.
Within an hour Aaron Mathison, father of a cast member, pulled up with his trailer, the dragon was loaded inside and driven to the school.
Even without its legs and wings, the beast was an instant hit with cast members who applauded as it was carried from the trailer to the stage. It was built by a large crew of students and adults under the supervision of Wenatchee High School art teacher Don Collins, his official title changing to “Dragon Master” through the play’s running: Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Tickets may be purchased at Pak it Rite in Wenatchee.
Dragon (that’s its official name} can be seen twice during the play. It takes four puppeteers to operate with one at the head, one for arms and wings, one for legs and one for the tail. It will have eyes that light up and it is rumored that smoke will come from its mouth. So far, it has taken two months of construction with more ahead for the wings and legs.
The play involves about 190 school youth and a few adults.
The dragon is resting on the stage where it awaits the rest of its appendages and then an audience.