Stray Cats to stage Shrek at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

The diminutive Lord Farquaad (Paul Hayward) surveys his subjects, watched by the Captain of the Guard (Leigh Hunter).
The diminutive Lord Farquaad (Paul Hayward) surveys his subjects, watched by the Captain of the Guard (Leigh Hunter).

ONCE upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…

And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey accompanied by a wisecracking Donkey and a princess with attitude who resists her rescue from a deadly dragon.

Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with a chip on his shoulder and more than a dozen other fairytale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero to sort out.

Luckily there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek.

All the beloved fairytale characters from the Oscar-winning Dream Works Animation film burst into life on the stage at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre this month.

The Tony Award-winning stage musical version includes a host of new toe-tapping songs and a side-splitting script.

The family show with a 100-strong cast and crew is a Stray Cats Theatre Company production in community partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

It is directed by Karen Francis, who has a number of hugely successful musicals including Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and Phantom of the Opera under her belt.

WHAT: Shrek

WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

WHEN: May 17, 18, 19 with matinees on May 19 and 20.