Since becoming a mum, I’ve been trying to find the magical formula for the perfect age to take my kids to the theatre – thanks to Shrek the Musical, that day has arrived.
You see, my husband isn’t a huge fan of musicals and being a boy mum, I’m desperately hoping they don’t follow in their father’s footsteps in the department of theatre-going.
I’ve been working on them from day 1 – conditioning them to share my love of singing along to musical scores. Every opportunity at home, I subtly leave the Mamma Mia soundtrack playing and Netflix is well and truly over playing Hairspray on my behalf.
I’ve taken my boys, a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old, to a couple of local theatre productions. This was my no-pressure way of testing the waters. Despite being met with amazing reception by both of my children, the stretch to a big CBD theatre production to a sell-out like Shrek the Musical seemed a bit far fetched.
Boy, was I wrong.
In a few short words: Shrek the Musical is perfect.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect before attending Shrek the Musical. All I knew was that it was a show I wanted to see. I had a really good feeling about taking the kids to this one!
Well, within the first minute of the show, Mr. 4-year-old turned to me, asking:
Can we please come here again?
Coming from a kid that would happily skip literally anything – a day at the zoo, an outing to the park, a play date anywhere in the world – in exchange for the iPad, this meant a heck of a lot.
I mean, the kid was on the edge of his seat for the entire show. The existence of the intermission offended him deeply – how dare they pause this incredible show?!
Every character sported an incredible costume. Stealing the show, Todd McKenney on his knees depicting Lord Farquaad is an image that will have me laughing for decades to come.
A special mention also goes to the incredible costume mechanics behind creating a practically fully functioning dragon. Just, wow!
All set up
The sets were something out of this world, too.
Speaking to some of the ushers after the show, it turns out I wasn’t the only one impressed. The ushers were all jumping out of their skin at the discovery that Shrek the Musical had a huge variety of set designs, some of which returned to old-school curtains.
With characters telling the story from a giant storybook, to multi-layered forests, to projected castles and more, every set change comprised of more ooh-ing and ahh-ing from the audience.
Well, in short, I’m currently searching for a Shrek performance that can accommodate my family again. The kids loved it, my anti-theatre-going husband adored it, my mum can’t stop talking about it. Me? Well, who am I to argue? Shrek the Musical was the best night out I’ve had in years!
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