Shrek the Musical
Stage Right Trust is bringing Shrek the Musical to the big stage.
But this is just the beginning. This is the first time the loveable ogre Shrek will be seen on stage in New Zealand.
The aim is to become the Shrek go-to hire for other groups and theatre societies across the country.
The set is large scale cloth and props to depict scenes of swamps and castles, purpose-built for this production.
The costumes are high quality, intricate and created from scratch.
“It’s been amassive challenge,” says director Toni Henderson. “There is a certain level of expectation.”
Shrek the Musical costuming consists of an ogre, a donkey, a dragon, little pigs and lots of other little animals and critters. The dragon costume alone is 10m long and is person operated, built and designed by Ben Hambling who also designed the set.
The costume design and creation team areNikola Spedding and Marlise Hughes, who have made most of the costumes themselves.
“The prosthetics for Shrek were purchased from the United States— he has a natural coloured latex rubber head—
which we have painted.”
Shrek the Musical follows the Stage Right production Blood Brothers last year.
Toni describes Shrek as a great family show which appeals to awide range of audiences.
“It’s actually very, very fun and it’s high energy. Although it is obviously suitable for children but it is also an adult cast Broadway production and it appeals to adults as well.”
Stage Right Trust crew should be spending September 22 at the regional ZonyAwards for amateur musical theatre companies in Rotorua.
Instead, they are having their Shrek the Musical opening night.
They have 11 Zony nominations altogether for their previous production Blood Brothers, plus some members are nominated for their work on other productions.
Toni is up for best director in Blood Brothers and Beauty and the Beast.
She says it’s just the way things have turned out.
They are sending representatives to the awards.
There 35 in the cast, a 20-strong backstage crew and 15 in the orchestra. Shrek the Musical is known for its big chorus, original score (apart from I’m a Believer). Boys High Teacher Murray Mason organised a local orchestra.
The cast and crew are familystrong with husbands andwives and their children, and one family has three generations involved.
is obviously suitable for children but it is also an adult cast broadway production and it appeals to adults as well.’’
There’s underlying messages in Shrek, Toni says.
“This is an unconventional love story and it also the highlights the value of true friendship. There is a lot in there, like it’s what sort of person you are, not how you look. Shrek is often judged before people even know him, one of his lines in the story.”
Shrek the Musical starts this Saturday night at Baycourt.
Distributed to Tauranga, Bethlehem, Pyes Pa, Welcome Bay, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Te Puke, Te Puna, Omokoroa, Katikati, Waihi Beach, Waihi and Whangamata
COVER: Shrek the Musical: Matt Henderson is the ogre, Hannah Spedding is Fiona and George Hiku is the donkey.
Stage Right Trust is putting on a performance of Shrekthe Musical. Shrek is played by Matt Henderson.