Popular ogre will hit the Ballina Players stage

TALL TALE: Cinderella (Lauren Boyce), the Big Bad Wolf (Riley Venables), Donkey (Sophie Brazenor) and Shrek (River Fullager) are intercepted by the Captain of the Guards (Akira Harris) in Shrek Jr.
TALL TALE: Cinderella (Lauren Boyce), the Big Bad Wolf (Riley Venables), Donkey (Sophie Brazenor) and Shrek (River Fullager) are intercepted by the Captain of the Guards (Akira Harris) in Shrek Jr.

BEAUTY is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical.

It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.

One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted.

Shrek tries to win Fiona's love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

He is very large, very green and the star of Shrek Jr, Ballina Players January musical for young people.

Shrek takes off angrily towards Duloc to complain of their presence and have them evicted. On the way he encounters a pesky Donkey (Sophie Brazenor) who wheedles his way into being Shrek's guide and goes on to play a major role in his life journey.. Sophie has appeared in the Players Oliver and in productions of the Dream Dance and Performance Academy.

Events at Duloc change Shrek's life forever.

Shrek Jr is one of a series of musicals specially adapted and abridged by Disney for younger casts.

Thirty-one young people aged eight to eighteen from all over the Northern Rivers are taking part and in the process are gaining important theatrical skills.

Shrek Jr will be staged at the Players Theatre on January 13 to 22. For details and bookings visit


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