Shrek The Musical
“Ohhh parfaits are the best,” says donkey from the musical Shrek directed by Mr.Dunlop. This play features an ogre going on a quest to find a princess (Fiona), for Lord Farquaad to marry in order to get his swamp back from him. On the way Shrek encounters a donkey named Donkey who soon becomes friends with him. It is well worth going to because of the acting/singing, performance, props, clothing and the sound/lights.
The acting/singing in the play was stupendous. I have watched all the movies even the one on the play. There is a movie on the play on netflix but the acting sucked to me in that version. But I saw high school students put this play on, and they have way better acting skills than the movie play. I loved how the ballerina girl also played gingy/gingerbread man. She had the voice done very well for him, but I wish you couldn’t see her mouth move as well. Donkey was really cool to see because it is really hard to do his voice that is in the movie. But the actress who played donkey did very well considering that she almost had the voice and the right kind of energy to play him. Shrek’s singing was sometimes off a little but he played his part very well.
The performance was ok to see. Well enough to see again but not to see more than that. During the performance the dragon’s arm accidentally fell off. I would not have noticed if they didn’t leave the mics on when the went off stage to tell what happened. The farting competition was not my favourite but it was still funny. The actors and actresses put on a good show and totally made the performance good. The show did have a few flukes in it though. When people got up to go to the bathroom during the show light would go into the theatre which does bug people, like me who was at the back of the theatre. They should also have a curtain that blocks out the light so people don’t get disturbed during the performance.
The props were very good considering that the school did have a way smaller budget than the big Broadway productions. They had to rent the dragon and that was a good choice because the show wouldn’t have come together without a dragon like that one. When they had Gingy on the block with his broken legs, held hostage by Lord Farquaad was really cool. I think it was really cool because the mouth was moving; and no one was around to move it so it had to be done electronically so that was cool. They had Fiona’s castle on the inside, so we got to see the inside of her castle which she spent so many years in. They also had Foina throughout the years she spent in her castle which I found kind of weird. I liked how when Donkey finds out about Fiona being an ogre, she was in a room and you could only them through a curtain, that had the light shining on them. So you did not see her till the end as an ogre. Through there was little bit of mist lifting the curse. The smoke machine was really amazing to see in the dragons part of Fiona’s tower. The smoke had smelt pretty bad in the theatre, they should have made sure the smoke machine did not smell before the performance. Another thing, Shrek and Donkey had to cross a bridge to get to the princess (Fiona), the bridge looked like it was going to fall over because of how rickety it was just like the movie.
The clothing/costumes had also thrown me off just a little because they didn’t look just right. All the misfits that went to the swamp did not belong there. The reused costumes and that is a big NO to me. They had costumes from “Alice and Wonderland” “Beauty And The Beast” and just random characters that do not belong there. I don’t know if the director wanted to use the characters again because they were magical creatures or, because they wanted everyone to be on the stage. Shreks costume was good though, they could have done the chin a little better at least. I didn’t like how at the one part Foina ripped the bottom piece of her dress off to do a musical number. It would have looked fine with just her normal skirt on. Lord Farquaad outfit was the best because it covered up the actors legs that must have been really had for him because he had long legs.
Sound and lighting was off at some spots because of the way it was. I am going to count the band as part of the sound because, they did make all the music to the play. I liked how the band played but they could have done something else with the music also. They had the same old boring start up music as all other musicals and plays have to start off. They did good on the songs they were always on time when they had to start. Some songs had good beat to it others did not. Also before a sound effect there would be a white sound/blank noise. So that did not really make me happy. The lighting in the swamp was a brighter green than I would have had hoped it to be but the lighting overall was ok.
Overall the acting/singing, performance, props, clothing and sound/lighting in the play, “Shrek The Musical” was good, not great but good. Since they told the whole movie from, Shrek going to save the princess Fiona from the tower, for Lord Farquaad so he can get his swamp back. To meeting and becoming best friends with Donkey. Mr.Dunlop did good on his directing of the play “Shrek The Musical”.