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Knute Pittenger, in costume as Shrek, the title character in Theatre Lawrence’s upcoming production, sits in the Theatre Lawrence seats with a stuffed Shrek toy Tuesday. Pittenger has been the lead actor in several Theatre Lawrence musical productions, a far cry from his day job as an employee for the city’s Water Department. “Shrek” opens Friday at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, and runs through Dec. 22.

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Actor, city employee shares trait with title character in Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Shrek’

If you’re looking for the perfect actor to play Shrek, the green-skinned ogre who is the subject of the beloved film and now a Broadway musical coming to Theatre Lawrence for the holidays, it would be hard to find someone better suited to the role than Knute Pittenger.

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