THE QUEST: Watched by Donkey (Sophie Brazenor) and a citizen of Duloc (Mia Smith), Lord Farquaar (Lachlan McGeary) orders Shrek (River Fullagar) to rescue his Princess from the tower.
THE QUEST: Watched by Donkey (Sophie Brazenor) and a citizen of Duloc (Mia Smith), Lord Farquaar (Lachlan McGeary) orders Shrek (River Fullagar) to rescue his Princess from the tower.

Shrek the Musical Jr set to hit Ballina stages

EVERYONE'S favourite ogre is back, appearing at Ballina Players Theatre in Shrek the Musical Jr based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film, Shrek.

The ogre (played by River Fullagar) has journeyed to the kingdom of Duloc to petition the wicked Lord Farquaad (Lachlan McGeary) to rid his swamp home of an infestation of pesky fairy tale creatures.

He makes a deal with Farquaad who sends him on a quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce Dragon.

The height challenged and very unpleasant lord needs a princess bride if he is to become king of Duloc.

Little does Shrek know what will be the outcome of this dangerous journey as he sets off with his outspoken new companion Donkey (Sophie Brazenor).

There is an unforeseen outcome for Donkey also as he is pursued by the dragon (Bella Broadley) who has fallen in love with him.

The Shrek movies have been a worldwide phenomenon, with the original one winning the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Shrek, the character, was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Ballina Players January shows are an important training ground in theatre arts for young people throughout the Northern Rivers.

A number have graduated from them to adult productions, tertiary studies and to professional careers.

Some cast members are travelling considerable distances for the opportunity to be part of Shrek the Musical Jr.

With its memorable characters, striking costumes, catchy songs and fairy tale ending, Shrek the Musical Jr will be great holiday entertainment for the whole family.

The production team is very experienced in working in youth theatre: Geoff Marsh is director, with Sarah Jarvis assistant director and choreographer and Leanne Broadley musical director.

  • At the Players Theatre on January 13 to 15, and 18 to 22. Book at ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440 (a booking fee applies).

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