OGRE-SIZED SPECTACULAR: The cast from Shrek the Musical Jr will entertain and amaze audiences over six shows in three days at Civic Theatre this school holidays.Advertising featureHunterDramapresents aschoolholiday Shrek-tacularthese SeptemberSchoolHolidays, complete with 15-metre dragon.
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Shrek The Musical Jr, based on DreamWorks’ Oscar-winning animated film and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will run at Civic Theatre over six shows across three days from September 29 to October 1.

“It’s going to be really cool. We’ve hadourdragon custom built for the show andis currently living in her home out at Storage King Adamstownawaiting opening night. It’s going to be huge,” HunterDramaartistic director Daniel Stoddart said.

As well as the dragon, 56 local talents will help bring this part romance and part twisted fairy tale, featuring all the characters from the beloved film – Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad – to life.

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Hunter DramaLike the movie, in Shrek The Musical Jr the ogre finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits and runaways who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad.

When Shrek reluctantly sets off with the wise-cracking Donkey to confront Farquaad, he is handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned.

Big productions are nothing new for MrStoddartwho was at the helm of the 2014 hit Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.

“We are the biggest youth theatre company producing this scale of work in Australia,” Mr Stoddart said.

Early next year Shrek performers, just like those in Little Mermaid in 2015, will travel to travel to the United States for the International Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2017.

More than 5000 people, including theatre industry professionals and celebrities, attend the festival each year.

TheHunterDramacontingent will also visit New York City where they will take part in workshops and attend Broadway shows.

“When you come along and watch Shrek The Musical Jr you really are seeing the tomorrow’s stars of stage and Broadway,” Daniel said.

Shrek is played by Tom Rodgers, the character Donkey sees Charlie O’Connell in the role, Rory Pollock plays Lord Farquaad, and Princess Fiona is shared by young actors Phoebe Bayliss and Maisie Owens.

HunterDramawas established in 2007.

Since then it has cemented a reputation as an institution providing excellence and professionalism in the areas of young actor training and dramatic arts development.

“Our mission is to ensure that students get the best training possible in a supportive, nurturing and inspiring environment,” Daniel said.

“Ourtraining is provided by an elite level of hand-picked instructors,each a performer or artist in their own right.”