Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto

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Toronto was a sea of green Tuesday night when the musical adaptation of the Dreamworks hit film SHREK opened at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  Presented by Dancap, Aubrey Dan embraced the spirit of the show by donning the green ogre ears that were being passed out to all the kids in attendance.  The ogre ears everyone were happily wearing helped set the tone for the entire evening - fun, silly and all inclusive.  It was extremely fitting given the message of tolerance and acceptance at the heart of the production.

SHREK the Musical follows the same plot as the first film in the popular franchise, which sees Shrek (played to over the top perfection by Lukas Poost) embark on a mission to obtain the deed to his swamp, which has been overrun by fairy tale creatures (a solid ensemble made up of many of your favourite characters - including the scene stealing 'Gingy' the Gingerbread Man).  In order to earn the deed from the evil Lord Farquaad (played to maximum laughs and minimum stature by Merritt David Janes), Shrek must rescue Princess Fiona (a vocally stunning Liz Shivener) and deliver her to Farquaad so they can marry.  Along the way he meets and befriends the loveable 'Donkey' (the hilarious Andre Jordan) and the two of them set out on a journey that ends with Shrek falling in love.

It may not be Shakespeare, but SHREK the Musical is good, clean fun for the entire family.  The children in the audience on opening night were clearly having a blast, and there's enough humour and talent in this production to keep the parents happy as well.

BWW was on hand to capture photos of the SHREK gang in action on opening night and we are thrilled to bring them to our readers:

When and Where?

Shrek the Musical

The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance Schedule:

March 20th - April 1st

Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30PM

Wed, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 416-644-3665 or online at www.dancaptickets.com

All Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

 

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Aubrey Dan

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Lukas Poost

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Liv Shivener

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Lukas Poost

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Lukas Poost

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Pinocchio (Luke Yellin) and the Fairy Tale Creatures

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
The Fairy Tale Creatures

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Shrek (Lukas Poost) and the Fairy Tale Creatures

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Shrek (Lukas Poost) and the Fairy Tale Creature

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Andre Jordan and Lukas Poost

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Lukas Poost and Andre Jordan

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto
Andre Jordan and Lukas Poost

Photo Coverage: Let Your Freak Flag Wave - SHREK Opens in Toronto

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig www.rachealmccaigphotography.com


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