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Shrek the Musical

Date

3rd July 2019

Society

AOC Productions

Venue

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Judith Stephen

Musical Director

Craig McDermott

Choreographer

Jenny Anderson

Report

Author: Douglas J Clark, Regional Rep

It was a privilege and a delight to attend the opening night of the Scottish Premiere of this show such was the professionalism shown in all aspects of the production. From the simple set to beautifully bright costumes to the marvellous cast of principals and chorus everything was perfect. Scott Jamieson was outstanding as the loveable green Ogre of the title with excellent stage presence, comic timing and strong singing voice. Donkey - played by the hilarious Deborah Archibald-Tough – was a joy to watch, stealing every scene she was in. Morag Nicol as Princess Fiona brought out the feistiness and the sadness in the character with equal ease. Her beautiful soprano voice was shown at its best in the trio “I Know It’s Today” with her younger selves (played by Mischa Forbes and Grace Gauld) and in her solo “This Is How A Dream Comes True”. Callum Bell as the diminutive but egotistical Lord Farquaad gave a bravura performance - from Tiller Girlesque dance with the chorus (I hope he had good thick kneepads) to his entrance and exit on a large white horse! The huge puppet Dragon was impressively voiced by Amanda Massie in the “Forever” number with the chorus of Knights. The large ensemble sang and danced well whether as villagers, knights or fairy tale characters. After a rousing finale of “I’m A Believer” the cast received a richly deserved standing ovation! Congratulations on another superb production.