S H R E K the Musical
A Critique Essay
by Gia Ruscica
April 15, 2014
If you like to get a good laugh and love to participate in sing-a-long, then you will be in for a treat! with a great cast then you should watch Shrek: The Musical. This play has a great storyline displaying how you should accept everyone for who they are even if they are a bit different than everyone else. This was a very intriguing play that I very much enjoyed, it was a great experience for me. Everything was very well organized which made it an even better show! The sound, the lighting and the props made it a well put together show for everyone to enjoy.
My favourite character in the play was Donkey, I liked donkey the most because the actor was loud and clear when performing and did a good job on acting just like donkey in the actual movie Shrek. In the movie, donkeys personality was very cheerful, funny and hyper, this is exactly how the actor who played donkey in the play displayed the character, this made the play more like the movie. The other actors in the play did a good job, they played along with the storyline quite well like the real movie. The high school students who played in the play from my experience did very well acting in this production.
For the sound and lighting I thought it was pretty good for a high school production. A few times the bright spotlight would shine right in your eyes and that was really the only thing that I disagreed with in the whole play. The sound was very clear and you could hear what the actors were saying and that made it all the more easier to understand the play and moral of the story. I loved the singing involved in the play which delivered the storyline very well, there were many good singers in the cast that was very impressive again considering it was a high school production. As for sound and lighting it was again very well done.
I was very impressed with the props, especially the walls on the side that could change colour and pattern, this was very effective for setting your mind on the setting. If you’re in a forest or in a castle, the walls will change colour and pattern to make the setting seem real, this was very impressive. The only mistake with the props was when the dragons arm fell off, the cast and crew did a good job of not making it obvious, they just went along with it, no one stopped or even made a big deal of ot. I could barely notice the small mistake. The crew handled it very well. I also thought that the crew did a very good job changing scenes quickly, quietly and unnoticeable.
Overall this was an outstanding production from my opinion and from that i’ve heard, many others thought so to. Between sound, lighting, cast and crew this truly was a very enjoyable show for all to see. My favourite character Donkey added some giggles to the show and shrek and princess Fiona showed a cute love story and delivered an important message to all; accept everyone for who they are even if they are different. I was impressed with the props and the cast and crews ability to change scenes so well. I was impressed with the whole production; the songs, the cast and crew and the storyline. Shrek the musical: a well done production made by a high school.