“It’s a big bright beautiful world…”
What the world presents is quite different from the picture formed by expectations in your head. This reality—and other life’s ironies—dawned on Shrek and Princess Fiona, but the effect on their lives is something that makes everyone wonder, “Why did I not ever wish for this to happen?”
is a big, fat, ugly Ogre who was sent out by his parents at the tender age of seven. He knew from the start that there’s a “big, bright, beautiful world” out there—but not for him. He thinks that only the physically beautiful deserve it; not someone who’s hideous looking.
Princess Fiona has been locked up in a tower since she was a child. Every day, she expects that her Prince Charming will climb up the tower and rescue her from the solitary loneliness that has been her companion.
Lord Farquaad, the vain, short ruler of Duloc realizes that he needs to rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon-guarded tower and marry her, so he could be king. But he didn’t want to do the mission himself.
They are unsuspecting that their lives will change one fateful day. Sent by Lord Farquaad shortly after arriving in Duloc, Shrek, together with his new-found quirky friend, Donkey, embarks on a mission he accepts with the sole purpose of recovering his swamp from the unjust ruler. The three has different expectations. Little do they know that their stories are written with a different plot.
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Originally shown in Broadway, Shrek theMusical
performs live in Manila starting on Sept. 19 till Oct. 12 at the Meralco Theater. I had the opportunity to watch the Shrektacular show during the preview night on Sept. 18.
I couldn’t contain my happiness as I was served with a cup full of firsts in a single night. I haven’t seen any of the Shrek films, so I absolutely had no idea about the story. Another first was watching a live musical. And it was also my first time at the Meralco theater.
So, how did the musical go?
First of, there’s no doubt that the story is good—perfect for both young and old audiences.
Second, the characters’ costumes and the props are magnificent; the stage design, spectacular. On the technical side, the audio is undoubtedly excellent, as everything is clearly heard. The lighting effects are well-planned and -arranged , adding to the overall grandiosity of the production.
For the cast’s performance, I give each of them two thumbs up for an undeniably great one. All of them have successfully immersed themselves in the story and took the spectators to another world. Not to mention the synchronized movements that I bet are difficult to memorize and the coordination that all of them have skillfully mastered.
Looking closely, however, one may see the glitches in the blocking, but these are too minor to affect the musical.
Starring in Shrek the Musical are Rycharde Everley as Shrek, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona, Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Jett Pangan as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Dragon. Shrek is directed by Bobby Garcia.
Applause reverberates around the theater at the end of each song. Resounding laughter can also be heard from the audience with each quirk. These reactions are enough to conclude that Shrek the Musical is a must-see.
Overall, I offer a standing ovation to the cast and crew for pulling off such an energetic and humorous night of story telling.
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