With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film Shrek
Director Jessica Fallico & Craig Stewart
Musical Director Peter Hayward
Choreographer Sophie Gospodarczyk
Set Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Sean Clarke
Sound Designer David Grigg
Costume Designer Audrey Currie
Make-up Co-ordinator Karen Lamont-Barnett
Stage Manager Jordan Vassallo
Dialect Consultant Jennifer White
Production Images Grant Leslie
Starring Jay Laga’aia, Luke Joslin, Nat Jobe, Mikayla Williams and Nicole Music.
“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 alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an 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.
Nominated for Broadway World Sydney Regional Awards, Best Director 2018
"Directors Jessica Fallico and Craig Stewart have created a production that has heart and conveys those crucial takeaways unfettered. Their work has resulted in a highly entertaining piece that brings the Shrek story to life imbued with meaning." (Theatre People)
“Co-Directors Craig Stewart and Jessica Fallico have brought a fun and enjoyable production to the Riverside Theatre. With Shrek’s target audience being primarily children, a sense of play and pantomime is felt throughout the production.” (Susana Danielle)
"This production had a packed house – full to the brim in a 761-seater venue – and was drawing rousing cheers from the multiple generations of audience members that eagerly filled and lively energised the theatre space. People of all ages tapping to the tunes, laughing with the humour, and responding to the heartfelt emotions on display." (Theatre Now)
"Co-Directors Jessica Fallico and Craig Stewart have gathered a large cast to bring this story to life. They utilise more traditional theatrical stylings to indicate changing scenes and expressions of scale which is a refreshing change in an era of over engineered electronic effects. With the storybook tale, an almost pantomime expression, whilst remaining sophisticated and smooth, fits well with the story and allows the performances to be the main focus." (Broadway World)
"It managed to capture what made the source material so fiercely loved without diminishing it — at the end of the performance, it scored a standing ovation from kids, boomers, and cynical youth alike." (Junkee)