STACEY IM­PRES­SIVE SHREKONTEUR

Pinjarra Murray Times - - REVUE ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Jill Burgess

Shrek.

But­ter­fly Col­lec­tor Net­glitz.

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