Local youth are donning princess crowns, green face paint and ogre suits this weekend to put on a live performance of Shrek - The Musical.

These actors and actresses are a part of Christian Youth Theater, a program for students ages six to 18.

CYT was founded in 1981 in San Diego, Calif., and has grown to become the largest youth theater group in the nation.

In the past, CYT Tucson has put on productions, such as The Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables.

The theater group double-casts its plays so that all members get a chance to get on stage. For instance, actors Joe Coffin and Randy McDonald were double cast as Shrek.

During Coffin's interview, McDonald underwent the Shrek transformation in the makeup chair for a sneak peak of the musical. It took CYT's costume and make up team two hours to complete Shrek's look.

"It has probably about 20 pounds when it's all put together," Coffin said. "Our makeup designers and costume designers have really outdone themselves. I think this is the most massive singular costume that they've had to put together."

Coffin has been a part of CYT since he was 11 years old. Emily Garcia started at age 12, and she is one of the actresses playing Princess Fiona. Shrek will be her 16th show.

Garcia said playing the role of Fiona can be difficult, as her character tends to jump back and forth between extreme emotions.

"She's always trying to be that story book princess that's absolutely perfect, but she knows that's not who she is," Garcia said.

Shrek The Musical will be performed at the Pima Community College West Campus March 6 to 9. For more information on show times and ticket pricing, visit cyttucson.org.

Watch Shrek - The Musical In-Studio Performance: