Tyndale Christian School presents 'Shrek the Musical Jnr' playing at The Tyndale Christian School Auditorium from January 14th-15th at 7:30pm. Shrek The Musical is based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and book by William Steig. It features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Produced by Dani Potter, Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Hawkin and Musically Directed by Leah Gauthier. Fifth Business presented a classic fairytale story with class and comedy. It's not your typical fairy tale - the princess doesn't get rescued by a handsome prince but by an ogre called Shrek. It's a story that has a magical twist at the end when everyone lives happily ever after.
The characters in this production were children but held themselves with confidence of professional actors. Rhys Johnson (Shrek) and Lewis McClure (Donkey) presented a humorous impersonation of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy that had the crowd laughing throughout the production.
Watching Princess Fiona's days go by while she waited for her prince to rescue her was beautifully done and the three girls who played Princess Fiona as she grew up who sang together were a;; great. Whitney McClure (Young Fiona) sang with such enthusiasm and did a beautiful job. Kimberley Newton (Teen Fiona) was sassy and sweet in her interpretation; she's got a bright future in the industry. Emily Benham (Princess Fiona) was born to play this role, her voice suited the solos perfectly. She was well presented and cheeky at times and had great on-stage chemisty with Rhys Johnson (Shrek).
Johnson and Benham presented a believable romance filled with laughter, drama and fun. The fart competition was silly and highlighted their blossoming romance. Donkey (McClure) found love too in an unlikely place with Dragon, who came through for him in the end.
Lord Farquaad (James Glynn-Roe) was inspired. He was perfect and just the right height. This would've been difficult to play but Glynn-Roe did it without a problem and left the crowd wanting more.
Starring Cassandra Cromie (Cinderella), Joshua Hariz (White Rabbit), Thomas Herman (Hansel/Grumpy), Kimberley Newton (Red Riding Hood/Teen Fiona), Tye Petty (Ugly Duckling), Trinity Witzmann (Mama Ogre/Dragon), Tim Jones (Young Shrek), Rhys Johnson (Shrek), Caleb Tilley (Captain of the Guards), Rhys Malson (Pinocchio), Ethyn Bruton (Big Bad Wolf), Brodie Baeker, Riley Bassett, Angelina Isler (Three Little Pigs), Joel Tripodi (Guard/Hook), Amelia Taylor (Shoe Maker's Elf), Ethan Bishop (Peter Pan), Grace Agius (Flora), Darcy Elliot (Merryweather), Faith Konrad (Fauna), Cassie Wilson (Wicked Witch).
Danielle Dullard (Mama Bear/Dragon), Whitney McClure (Baby Bear/Young Fiona), Jackson Morton (Mad Hatter/Gingy), Maya Tripodi (Queen of Hearts), Sheridan Foster and Amy Harvey (Cards), Cassidy Atkins (Gretel), Kate Glynn-Roe, Georgia Ulsamer, Hannah Wilson (Three Blind Mice), Sophia Potter (Rapunzel), Madelin Reidy and Aimee Soar (Step Sisters), Lewis McClure (Donkey), James Glynn-Roe (Lord Farquaad) and Emily Benham (Princess Fiona).
Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek Jnr is a fun show for the whole family. Overall another great production by Tyndale Christian School, 5/5 Stars.