Zest Theatre Group
Victor Harbor Town Hall
Until 07 Feb 2021

Review by Janice Bailey

The production team – directors Peta Bowey and Terry Mountstephen, choreographer Natalie Stephenson, and musical director Aria Stevenson – have gathered a group of enthusiastic young people for their current show of “Shrek the Musical” whose joy in performance and story-telling translates to the audience in abundance – I don’t believe anyone who sees this show will not leave with a big smile on their face and a spring in their step, believing that there is joy and hope in the world.

While the first act seemed to lack pace, this was certainly made up for in the second. The hard-working band behind the scenes cannot be overlooked as, without them, there would not be a show. Well done to everyone.

In the role of Shrek, Chris Stevenson brings experience and understanding to the role and keeps the action moving, leading by example for the younger members of the cast. Harrison Golledge as Lord Farquaad does not falter in a physically difficult role and provides many of the best comedic moments – great job, Harrison. Matilda Boysen has a wealth of experience already at only 18 years of age, and with her excellent vocal talents and comedic timing connects to the audience whenever she is on stage. Joel Pathos exhibits an abundance of talent and comedic timing in his role as Donkey and provides some of the funniest and cutest moments.

The importance of the chorus of just about every fairy tale character ever created cannot be under-rated. Every young performer gives their all when on stage and their joy and enthusiasm is infectious. Ending the show with the whole cast on stage belting out “I’m a Believer” was a perfect way to end the night and very well summed up the role and importance of music and musical theatre in the current climate in which we are living. Well done Zest and all those involved in bringing “Shrek the Musical” to the Victor Harbor Town Hall stage.