Shrek-tacularly Ogre-the-Top-Class!


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The opening night of KickstArt Theatre’s African premiere of Shrek the Musical, based on the book by William Stieg and the DreamWorks animated movie, played to a house packed to capacity.

Shrek before curtain up

Executive Director Steven Stead, his team, and every one of the talented cast, must have been on tenterhooks – this is their most expensive and lavish production to date, which is saying something because they have not lacked ambition with past ones – but they had no need to worry. From the opening scene right through to the rapturous clapping-in-time, dancing, stomping, and yelling standing ovation, the audience was hooked. They were dazzled by the spectacle, entranced by excellent singing, captivated by outstanding acting, amazed by the numerous special effects, and often in stitches at the humour.  Some of this, as Steven admitted during the interval, is over the heads of younger members of the audience, but it doesn’t matter – there is more than enough to amuse them, too!

The programme:

Shrek Programme

And a glance inside, which gives some hints regarding the wonderland the show produces:

Shrek Inside Programme 1 Shrek Inside Programme 2

The story is, of course, basically the same as that of the movie though with some variations. So why see it staged? Put simply, for the reason that instead of simply watching good entertainment, one becomes part of an incredible experience.

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18 Responses to Shrek-tacularly Ogre-the-Top-Class!

  1. I saw this in London fabulous, my favourite was Lord Farquaard 😀

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    • colonialist says:

      I would love to have seen that production to compare – but I think our local one measures up well.
      The Lord F in this one is delightfully camp and nasty, and the stubby little legs and costume are most convincing!

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  2. Kev says:

    Looks and sounds fabulous. Love Shrek! 😀

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  3. elspethc says:

    Like so many others, I loved Shrek and Princess Fiona . Maybe this musical will come round my way sometime. Sounds as if you enjoyed it

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  4. Tokeloshe says:

    It looks like great fun for the audience and the actors! I am sure they are pleased by your good review.

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  5. Grannymar says:

    There is nothing like the feel of the grease paint (do they still use it?) and the roar of a live audience!

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  6. What a colorful and quite obviously very fun musical! It must appeal to the kid in each of us. I’d love it!

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  7. I love Shrek – sounds like a good time was had by all!

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  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Sounds wonderful, Col.

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  9. Pussycat44 says:

    I love the Shrek movies, so it must have been a wonderful experience to see it as a live show.

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