Shrek takes shape

By Lachlan Durling

WE HAVE our Shrek.

Cast members have been plucked from all over the region and now the stage is set for the production of Shrek Junior.

Echuca’s Harry McClay scored the role of Shrek while Kyabram’s Patrick McDonald will be his sidekick, the ever-lovable yet slightly irritating Donkey.

The cast, made up of 40 actors from around the Echuca and Kyabram districts, are getting into rehearsals ahead of their school holiday shows.

Millie Dillon McKenzie is sharing the role of director with Chris McDonald while he handles the music direction and she takes care of the choreography.

Liz Dillon is assistant director, producer and costume director while Andrew Moore is head of sound, lights and sets as well as secretary and fundraising.

Liz has complete faith in Millie and Chris and said their previous experiences held them in good stead.

“This is Millie and Chris’ first time directing a show as such, but they’ve both been involved in a lot of shows,” she said.

“Some include Annie Jr, Legally Blonde, High School Musical as well as many others and both have performed on stage.”

Alisha Vandermunnik is the stage manager and make-up guru Julie Raverty — who worked on Phantom of the Opera — is on board to make an ogre out of McClay.

And local families have stepped up to make sure everyone looks their best — or worst.

“The costumes are bright and really quite amazing, they’ve been made by parents and friends, it’s terrific,” Liz said.

“It’s a funny and entertaining show that’s suitable for all ages. Shrek, although appearing to be a big tough ogre, turns out to be a real softie.”

Other locals include St Augustine’s Samuel Clydesdale who will be Lord Farquaad, Kyabram P-12’s Amber Halliwell who is playing Mama Ogre, one of the three bears and part of the dance leads.

Makenzie Atkins (St Augustine’s) will be one of the three little pigs and part of the dance leads. Nicola Minicozzi (St Augustine’s) is the Wicked Witch and part of the dance leads. Indra Hubble and Issy Turnball (St Augustine’s) are two of the three blind mice and both are in the dance leads.

St Augustine’s Cody Price has landed the roles of Captain of the Guards and Bishop.

Shrek Junior will be showing at the Plaza Theatre, Allan St, Kyabram from July 5-7 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children and concessions, with profits going towards next year’s show. Tickets are available from by searching ‘Kyabram Shrek’.