The Shrek leads are all in Year 10 … from left, Jade Jacob (Princess Fiona), Jacob Sutton (Shrek), Rosie Clancy (Dragon), Oliver Rees (Lord Farquaad, at front) and David Rowberry (Donkey)

May 31, 2019

Every week, students at St Mary’s Catholic College in Kingaroy are turning into an ogre, a dragon, a donkey and other assorted characters.

The 60 or so students are practising hard for the school’s annual musical, which this year is Disney’s “Shrek”.

In the story, Shrek (an ogre) finds his swamp overrun by fairytale creatures which have been banished by the corrupt Lord Farquaad, who wants to be king. Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to regain control of his swamp in return for rescuing Princess Fiona. With the help of Donkey, Shrek embarks on his quest …

The cast and backstage crew are made up of Year 4-10 students but all the leads are from the Year 10 drama class, and the production forms part of their annual assessment.

Costumes director Bron Langford Martoo said this was the fourth year the college had put on a Disney musical.

Shrek follows successful productions of Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.

The students will be putting on three evening shows for the public: at 6:00pm on June 14, June 21 and June 22.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and pensioners or $20 for a family pass (two adults + two children).

Some of the St Mary’s staff members involved in the production … from left, assistant musical director Jason Hanwright; acting director Joan Scanlon; musical director Jane Iszlaub; dance director Jess Cunningham; Rosemary Curley; costumes, props and scenery director Bron Langford Martoo; and Ian Hall (sets)

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