If you love wasting lots of money on anything your musical loving mind desires then Shrek: The Musical is meant for you. Directed by Mr. Dunlop this play is a spinoff of the movie Shrek with much more singing and dancing which is what people come to expect from a musical. I guess that’s what makes me not enjoy musicals even though the props were great the actors were ok too. Even though the sound was good with music and farting the lighting was not great It was a good production overall in most peoples eyes but I just didn’t find it great. Aside from the fart jokes it wasn’t my favourite play.
The props were my favourite thing about Shrek: The Musical. Gingy’s mouth was moving on cue and pinocchio and the dragon were all great. Even though the dragon’s arm fell off I would rather have a huge three legged red eyed dragon going all over the stage than no dragon at all. The makeup on Shrek and other cast members were great but I think donkeys could have been better with his face. The set and stage was also decently put together and looked good when it changed from one scene to another.
The special effects and all technical crew business was ok but at parts the backstage crew was easy to tell it was a high school production. For example, when the dragons arm fell off and the backstage crew with mics on were talking about it with their mics on in the middle of the play. Then again it was a high school production and for a high school play it was good, but i think I am just not a musical person.
The reaction of the crowd and the enthusiasm of the performers was great and they were into it, but that didn’t always fit the characters role and feelings.For example, when shrek got all happy when he saved the princess when he should of been emotionless and just relieved to get his swamp back instead of singing with the princess. I know thats what people do in musicals, but thats exactly why I probably didn’t enjoy it as much because I can take some singing but when there is 50 cutscenes about someone singing about someone right behind them and that person can’t hear them is what bugs me about this musical.
Like I said Shrek the musical is not my favourite play ever but I would recommend it if you like all the singing and dancing but if you’re like me and you just don’t like it all then don’t bother seeing this play. People with a sense of humour will laugh at the jokes put out there but if you can’t take a fart joke here or there, or can’t watch all the songs and dances for another minute then do yourself a favour and don’t see this play. Overall props to Mr. Dunlop on the play it just wasn’t to my liking. I’d give it a two and a half stars out of five stars.