Shrek Junior the Musical gives Stephanie shot at stardom


Stephanie Shaw, Ashley Garney and Midland resident Saoirse Gerrish are Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey in Shrek Junior – The Musical.
Stephanie Shaw, Ashley Garney and Midland resident Saoirse Gerrish are Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey in Shrek Junior – The Musical.

Based on the Academy Award-|winning film and Broadway musical, everyone’s favourite ogre Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue Princess Fiona and find true acceptance.

Stephanie Shaw, of Bickley, takes on the role of Princess Fiona.

Part-romance and part-twisted fairytale, Shrek Junior is an irreverent show with a powerful message for children and adults.

“Princess Fiona is locked in a tower guarded by a dragon but, unlike most princesses, she is sassy, tough and determined to have her own way,” Stephanie said.

“She can definitely hold her own in an argument, but Fiona is also hiding a secret and hopes she will be rescued by true love’s kiss.

“There are some very quick changes in the show, which will keep me on my toes and I am really good friends with Ashley, who plays Shrek, but it’s kind of weird to be playing romantically opposite him.”

Involved in theatre from the age of four, Stephanie first appeared in Seussical the Musical at Playlovers in 2006 and has since performed at the Regal and Roleystone Theatres and Koorliny Arts Centre in The Sound of Music, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wardrobe, 13 and Annie.

In 2013, Stephanie received a Finley Award for best youth in a play for her role in The Secret Garden at Stirling Theatre and was named best junior actress at Youthfest, the annual state drama festival for youth.

She also won her age division for musical theatre in Storm the Stage last September.

Shrek Junior director Kristen Twynam-Perkins said the musical’s storyline followed the first film as Shrek fought to get his swamp back.

Shrek Junior is a shortened 60-minute version of the full-length production that premiered on Broadway in 2008,” she said.

“The biggest difference is the musical numbers have been reduced in length and, in some cases, difficulty while a couple have also been left out.

“The songs are all originals written by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire but they have the same feel as the songs in the movie.”

Shrek Junior – The Musical plays at Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Highway, on April 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Book at www.roleystonetheatre.|com.au.