09 Feb Shrek the Musical 2024
This time last week saw the end of our 2024 musical ‘Shrek’. Shrek was the first full-scale musical performed after a pause from Covid, since ‘Hairspray’ in 2017.
Shrek the Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, along with elements of its sequels. The original Broadway production opened in December 2008, followed by a tour of the United States which opened in 2010, and a re-vamped West End version opened in June 2011.
Shrek has an abundance of wonderful, weird, wacky and colourful characters and offered great opportunity to cast a large amount of our incredibly talented students which, as you can imagine, was a very difficult thing to do!
It shared the poignant message of ‘what makes us special, makes us strong’ and though we may be different, we are united.
Without the work of our fantastic team, this performance would not have been possible. The beautiful set was hired in by the fantastic SCENETEC and our amazing costumes were by COSTUME SOLUTIONS.
The Shrek team would like to thank Ms Keane for your endless support, our amazing colleagues for your kind donations towards props and extra costume, the DT department for your brilliant additions, the numerous staff who have offered their help in various ways, the Business department for your support with interval refreshments, the site team and cleaners for always being on hand, our wonderful Year 13s who have supported, lifted and taken time out to help and our amazing orchestra for their musical assistance. Thank you all so much!
Our students have worked so hard, giving so much of their time towards making this musical a reality. Your tireless commitment and energy are commendable, and we can’t wait for you to share your talent with the world!
‘Shrek changed a lot of parts about my life, helped me grow not just as an actor but in general, as a person, this musical was a way for me to express myself, it helped me stay positive and bright, especially during the jump from year 10 to 11 and all of the exam stress, needless to say it definitely relieved it all.’ – Louie, Year 11
I’m very grateful for every single person who took part in this production to make Shrek the Musical a spectacular show that will be forever cherished in JRCS history. Without commitment, determination, perseverance and resilience, this show wouldn’t have been possible. The musical has been a wonderful opportunity given to the school, which allowed me to socialise more during Shrek rehearsals and make new friends. My favourite part of the whole experience is – other than the last show – learning and developing the importance of self-love. We’re all different, and that’s what makes us united and who we are. I hope we have more successful productions in the future for many years to come!’ – Mmachi, Year 9
‘I helped out in the Shrek musical by being a costume assistant, makeup assistant, prop designer, and with set changes as well. Although I wasn’t even in Shrek the Musical, it did make me realise one thing – the process and the making of it, as well as the teamwork, were the most important. And the reason behind this is because I got to experience a bit of each of those 4 roles, giving me an insight of what it would be like, which made me really enjoy this. Not only that, but I was also able to see the other side of all the drama teachers, performers, and everyone else that was involved, experiencing all the friendly teamwork in the lovely and genuine environment.’ – Raminta, Year 10
‘Shrek has brought me joy and self- worth, resilience and the rush of being in stage.’ – Michelle, Year 8
Miss Hallas & The Shrek Team