Tapping youngster to take stage in Shrek Junior – The Musical


Sienna Freeman, centre, is appearing as the young Princess Fiona in Shrek Junior – The Musical with Saoirse Gerrish as Donkey and Atiya Broadwood as Pinocchio.
Sienna Freeman, centre, is appearing as the young Princess Fiona in Shrek Junior – The Musical with Saoirse Gerrish as Donkey and Atiya Broadwood as Pinocchio.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film and Broadway musical, Shrek 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 kids and adults.

Sienna (11) plays three characters: the young Princess Fiona, Baby Bear and one of the Pied Piper’s rats.

“I am super-excited about playing the young Fiona because I get to be part of a wonderful scene that shows the transition in age from Fiona as a child through to a teen, then to a young adult,” the Year 6 Spring Hill Primary School student said.

“The character Baby Bear is very cute and gets to be in the fairytale creature scenes where I can sing, dance and act while, as one of the rats, I get to do some tap dancing, which I love.

“Plus it’s Shrek and everyone knows and loves that story.

“I knew being involved with a production like this would be so much fun.”

Director Kristen Twynam-Perkins said the storyline follows the first Shrek film, as he fights 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.

“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.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Shrek Junior – The Musical

When: 7.30pm on April 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 11.30am on April 17, 2pm on April 16, 20, 22, 23 and 3pm on April 17, 21

Where: Roleystone Theatre

Tickets: $20 or $15 concession at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au