Shrek is an amazing movie, featuring an ogre as a hero but once it gets turned into a musical you know something’s wrong. Shrek The Musical performed by our local high school, tells the story of both Fiona, a princess that was locked in a tower at seven, and Shrek, an ogre who was forced to leave home at seven both go on a remarkable journey to find their destiny and break curses. Overall, the production had ups and downs. Im going to cover it all. From comparing it to other productions in the past to the acting, singing, performance, costumes, props, sound, and lighting, to the times it was boring and predictable. Im going to cover it all.
Shrek The Musical is a very magical play but compared to other plays i’ve been to it was a little boring. Since it was originally a movie almost everyone knows the plot. It was a little rushed and hard to follow and it wasn’t better with the music. If I got to choose I probably wouldn’t see this play again and because it was packed and I was in the back at a very uncomfortable angle making the musical HARDER TO FOLLOW. All I ask is to be considerate of the people that can’t see because there in the VERY BACK.
Though the plot may have been predictable the acting was fine. It wasn’t a bunch of bored high school students saying lines it was people trying to be a specific character and they did a great job of that everyone was trying there best to make the production magical and Shrek’s and Farquaad’s accents were pretty good. Also the costumes made the story way less boring from Shrek all the way to the madhatter the costumes were amazing each and every colourful one caught my eye and I was amazed. Then there was the singing most of the time the singing was beautiful and fluent then there was other times that I had no clue what the characters were singing and they were scratchy. Overall on the performance side it was fine but it had its flaws.
The props, sound and lighting were all pretty good but some parts looked cheap compared to years before but due to the budget I understand. The props were pretty unique but a lot of them like gingy who was strapped onto one of the girls arms and you could tell she was the one speaking were cheap, but it was very creative that farquaad was on his knees but for the scenes the transition was smooth except for the time once they were going over a bridge of lava. overall my favourite prop was the dragon it was very creative but an arm fell of and you could hear the people behind the stage talking about it. For the sound and lighting sometimes it looked cheap like when Fiona was finding her true form it wasn’t as beautiful looking like the transformation of The Beast in The Beauty and The Beast production it was just a light, and as for the sound it was up and down and you couldn’t hear many of the characters.
The overall production surprised me it wasn’t as bad as I expected it would be. It was different in a sort of good way and the actors did an amazing job especially Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Farquaad. Even though some jokes appealed to adults and some to kids it was a truly thoughtful performance, though I was half and half about the whole thing they even got the audience to join in by clapping.
Although I had mixed feelings, most of its flaws were technical and could easily be fixed. The play was somewhat boring but it got vibrant by the costumes and the attitudes of the actors it was a play I would recommend watching if you like mystical adventures with some minor flaws overall I would give this play a three point five out of five.