20th March 2024 Adam Hartland

Two talented casts of Senior School students stage an outstanding production of ‘Shrek the Musical’.

The hilarious and heart-warming adaptation of the animated film tells the story of Shrek, a green ogre who loves nothing more than the simple swamp life. Things get complicated when the swamp is overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been evicted by the ruler of Duloc, Lord Farquaad. To get his swamp back, Shrek strikes a deal with Farquaad, who wants to marry the beautiful, yet cursed, Princess Fiona in order to rule the Kingdom. Unfortunately, that involves rescuing her from a castle protected by a fearsome fire-breathing dragon.

The two brilliant casts featured students of all ages, with Maddie G (Year 12) and Neave P (Year 11) playing Shrek, Rebecca S (Year 10) and Tilly C (Year 10) playing Fiona, Kitty B (Year 10) and Sophia L (Year 10) playing Donkey, and Ava C (Year 10) and Ffion P (Year 11) playing Farquaad. Performing over three evenings and an afternoon to packed audiences, the students delivered their lines with enthusiasm and wit (our two Shreks with very convincing Scottish accents!), and sang their hearts out. Accompanied by a live band, conducted by Mr Chambers (Head of Music), songs included ‘Big Bright Beautiful World’, ‘Story of My Life’ and ‘I Think I Got You Beat’.

Mrs Smith, who directed the show, commented: “Our cast members have worked tirelessly to learn their lines, lyrics and dance routines, and all of their hard work has paid off. Each and every performance has been outstanding – full of energy and truly uplifting, with so many laugh-out-loud moments! I couldn’t be prouder of them. Well done, and a huge thank you to everyone who has been busy behind the scenes – it’s been a real team effort.

The Kingsley School