Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning animated movie, this spectacular production by Stage Right Trust challenges the traditional fairy tale in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.
Join Shrek (Matt Henderson), our socially challenged hero, and his loyal steed Donkey (George Hiku) as they set off on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona (Hannah Spedding) from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing dragon.
Throw in a the vertically challenged Lord Farquaard (Brendon Weatherley), a gang of displaced fairy tale characters, and a biscuit with attitude and you've got a delightful mix of fun, romance and adventure that all ages will enjoy.
It was always going to be a challenge to bring such a classic animated movie to the stage, but director Toni Henderson has done a fantastic job.
Shrek the Musical follows the Stage Right production Blood Brothers last year.
There 35 in the cast, a 20-strong backstage crew and 15 in the orchestra.
From the moment you walk into the foyer, the environment welcomes you in, with the bar transformed into an ogre appropriate swamp.
The energy of the performances and the evident passion from everyone involved really shines through. The choreography and vocals are stunning thanks to Laura Mansell and Murray Mason.
The leads, along with the stunning supporting cast, bring their well-known characters to life with skill. From Shrek struggling for words to explain his feelings for his unattainable princess, to the impressive vocals of Fiona as she bemoans the endless wait for true love, I was drawn into the story. Lord Farquaard and Donkey have the audience in fits of laughter constantly.
The complex set is a labour of love for the set designer Ben Hambling. Dragon is the pinnacle of the design, and has taken over 200 hours to design and construct. The costumes are dazzling and explode across the stage in a burst of energy.
The orchestra deserves a special mention as the live backing weaves the individual elements of the production together.
Shrek the Musical shifts the focus from traditional fairy tales, teaching that beauty is more than skin deep and that it's more important to focus on what's underneath. A great night out for the whole family.
Shrek the Musical is at Baycourt until September 29. Tickets available from Ticketek.