Premiering at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 1 January 2020, Shrek the Musical will be the first major musical of the new decade to begin touring across Australia. Based off the animated Dreamworks family film Shrek, this musical is being toured by the Gordon Frost Organisation and features a star-studded cast including Ben Mingay as the titular character, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney as Lord Farquaad, Nat Jobe as Donkey and iconic Australian songstress Marcia Hines as Dragon.
Australian producer of this tour, John Frost, has this morning announced the five children who will be appearing on-stage alongside these personalities, alternating in the role of Young Fiona. The role will be shared by Audrey Brodie (12 years old, of Liverpool), Amelia Heaven (10 years old, of Grey’s Point) , Mia Honeysett (8 years old, of West Pennant Hills), Amelie Rose (10 years old, of Allambie Heights) and Holly Simon (12 years old, of Rodd Point). The child cast will be for the Sydney season only, with auditions, if they haven’t already happened already, taking place in each respective state.
Shrek the Musical is currently confirmed to be touring the east coast of Australia from January 2020 until at least May 2020 at this time. Starting at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 1 January 2020, it will be followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne from 16 February 2020 then the Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 9 May 2020. No other states have been confirmed at this time, but this is not to say that they won’t announce additional tour legs at a later date.
The Australian cast also includes Ross Chisari (Little Pig), Annie Chiswell (Ugly Duckling), Benjamin Colley (Pied Piper), Andy Conaghan (Wolf), Denise Devlin (Mama Bear), Blake Erickson (Papa Bear) , Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Gingy), Rubin Matters (Peter Pan), Sarah Murr (Fairy Godmother), Joshua Robson (Little Pig), Monique Sallé (Red Riding Hood), Tom Sharah (Little Pig), Caleb Vines (Pinocchio) and Sascha Wykes (Baby Bear) Suzanne Steele (Wicked Witch), Mackenzie Dunn (Swing), Hollie James (Swing), Leigh Sleightholme (Swing) and Rhys Velasquez (Swing).
Overview of Shrek the Musical (For those who have somehow never seen the film)
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek.