STACEY IMPRESSIVE SHREKONTEUR
Donkey (Jioji Nawanawa) and Shrek (Nicholas Gaynor) in THE theatre was cold, the show was too long at two-and-threequarter hours, particularly when there were small children in the audience, and the orchestra a tad too loud.
Apart from that, Shrek: the Musical at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre last weekend was the brilliant production one has come to expect from director Karen Francis.
Everyone knows the story of the green ogre who, after being mocked and feared, retreats to a swamp and how a gang of Above, from left: Paris Cusac wearing by Diana Kelly. Ellie Wilson wearing Georgia Kelly wearing Below: Mandurah Councillor Peter Rogers, Mayor Rhys Williams and Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight with some of the wearable art. homeless fairy tale characters, including Pinocchio, Snow White and the Three Pigs, strike a deal with him.
A cast of thousands (or so it seems) brought the story to life with impressive and highly professional costumes, magical sets and nifty choreography.
Standout performances from an impeccable cast came from Harry Stacey as the height-challenged Lord Farquaad, who brilliantly played the role on his knees with his little legs dangling in front of him while garnering most of the laughs, and Jioji Nawanawa as Donkey.
Stacey was to play the wolf but took over the role of Farquaad just a week before opening night when Paul Hayward became sick with laryngitis. He turned in a winning performance on the night.
Nawanawa only wanted to be involved in the show but was persuaded to audition for Donkey and his take on the character was an absolute joy.
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