A large cast and crew comprised of Upper Canada College Prep boys, and female guests from The Bishop Strachan School, staged an impressive performance of Shrek on Feb. 23 and 24.
While Shrek and its three computer-animated sequels have made hundreds of millions of dollars at movie box offices, the much lower budget UCC and BSS production featured young actors bringing the title character and the likes of Princess Fiona, Donkey and many others to life on stage under the direction of Prep music head Kathryn Edmondson.
Shrek tells the story of a solitary ogre named Shrek who’s befriended by a donkey and several fairy tale creatures who are sent to live in his swamp by Lord Farquaad. Farquaad needs Fiona to marry him so he can become king of Duloc, and Shrek and Donkey help rescue her from a fire-breathing dragon.
Along the way, Shrek falls in love with Fiona, who reveals to Donkey that she’s cursed and turns into an ogress at night. Farquaad and Fiona’s wedding is interrupted by Shrek, Donkey and Dragon, who removes Farquaad from the picture. Shrek and Fiona kiss, and Fiona turns into an ogress permanently. Shrek gets his swamp back and marries Fiona.
“Friday night’s auditorium was full of family and friends who were charmed by the Prep performance of Shrek the Musical,” says Prep parent Astrid Player.
“The energy and enjoyment of the actors radiated off the stage and cultivated smiles and laughter for a fun night for everyone. Congratulation to all the hard work and talent of the UCC boys and the BSS girls.”
Here are photos from Shrek: