Shrek

Date 22nd February 2020
Society Rhondda Theatre Group
Venue Phoenix Theatre - Ton-Pentre
Type of Production Musical
Director Lee Morgan
Musical Director Lee Morgan
Choreographer Jacqui Onions

Report

Author: Allan Mears

Based on the well-loved film, lightly adapted for the stage. The story has become familiar to children and parents alike.

Shrek played by Aaron Hart is rarely offstage, but Aaron handled this with consummate ease and filled the stage with his presence, some beautiful scenes, showing off his multi talents. An excellent performance with a great accent which was maintained throughout.

Princess Fiona played by Leah Davies did well with the comedy scenes, sang with great feeling but showed her fiery temper when thwarted. Her mannerisms and facial expressions were a delight to watch.

Donkey played by Kris Waller-Thomas was a joy to watch, great characterisation, a physically demanding part and his bodily movements and facial reactions were entertaining. At times some of the lib was inaudible.

Farquaad played by Huu Luu created a wonderfully nasty character. This character was very cleverly thought out and executed.

Dragon played by Grace Clifford gave an excellent delivery of song.

There were too many characters to mention them all by name but this clever script allows each person their own chance to shine.

The costumes were really well chosen adding such vibrancy to the stage ,showing off the many many characters. Scenery worked well throughout, allowing the numerous scenes to progress with the minimum of down time, which doesn't happen without a strong team. The choreography was in keeping with the ability of the ensemble.

The orchestra, under the leadership of Ryan Jones complimented the cast, Direction was of a high standard.

This was a most enjoyable show, very well presented and performed throughout.  Congratulations!