Mandurah Baptist College student Ashley Garner to star in Shrek Junior – The Musical


Princess Fiona (Stephanie Shaw), Shrek (Ashley Garner) and Donkey (Saoirse Gerrish) in Shrek |Junior – The Musical.
Princess Fiona (Stephanie Shaw), Shrek (Ashley Garner) and Donkey (Saoirse Gerrish) in Shrek |Junior – The Musical.

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

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

“Shrek is an ogre who has turned his back on the world but who is forced to get his swamp back by rescuing a princess,” Ashley said.

“Perfecting Shrek’s accent is the main challenge, along with having to turn myself green.

Ashley first stepped up to the stage in 2011 and has appeared in Wind in the Willows, Annie, The Wardrobe, Bugsy Malone and Les Miserables.

Ashley twice won his age category in the Stars of Tomorrow competition for acting and musical theatre.

His singing prowess saw him progress to the finals of Rockingham’s Festival of New Talent for three years running.

Ashley has also appeared on stage with the Stage Key Company in The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan at Melville Theatre and Aladdin at the Old Mill Theatre, as well as the 2015 Fringe World production of the musical 13 at Floreat’s Playlovers Theatre.

The musical’s storyline follows the first film as Shrek fights to get his swamp back.

It is a 60-minute version of the full length production that premiered on Broadway in 2008.

Shrek Junior – The Musical is on April 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23 (7.30pm), April 17 (11.30am) and April 16, 20, 22 and 23 (2pm) and April 17 and 21 (3pm).

Tickets are available online from www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.