The cast of Shrek Jr. Photo: Supplied.

REVIEW: Shrek hits the stage


Shrek the Musical Jr

Nelson Youth Theatre Company

Monday, 6 July

Reviewed by Maree Hatton

Shrek is one of those stories that has become timeless, and this junior musical version will not leave anyone disappointed.

It of course follows the story of Shrek, the big bad and very green ogre, embarking on a quest to save his swamp from unwanted fairy-tale creatures who have been banished by nasty Lord Farquaad.

It is a story of friendship and ultimately acceptance.

Arriving at the Theatre Royal for the opening show, the audience was excited even before the curtain rose.

Encouraged to participate, booing the baddies and cheering on the good guys, Shrek Jr captured the attention of the audience, both young and old, from start to finish.

The entire cast put on an energised and enthusiastic performance and it was wonderful to see so many young ones up there on stage giving it their all.

Rosa McIntosh gave a fantastic portrayal of Shrek, in all his green and fabulously Scottish glory, complete with tartan pants.

Donkey (played by Devon Gavin) was also a standout, full of energy and a lot of sass, he had the audience in the palm of his hand every time he stepped on stage.

Fiona (played by Muriwai Ngawaka) had wonderful stage presence.

I have to say, my favourite characters were the Three Little Pigs, played by Kyla Pike, Evie Dykzeul and Amelia Hall.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with them and their perfect German accents.

With a basic yet effective set design, the show focused on the actors and with bright costumes and fantastic makeup, we were transformed to a land full of fairy-tale creatures.

Thoroughly recommended for the whole family.

Shrek The Musical Jr is on at the Theatre Royal from 6 -11 July.

Tickets are available from www. or the Theatre Royal.