Saturday 20 April 2024

AMATEUR THEATRE REVIEW - Shrek - The Hippodrome, Todmorden.


Shrek the Musical presented by the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society at the Todmorden Hippodrome, was a delightful and enchanting production that captured the essence of the beloved classic film while adding its own theatrical flair. From the moment the curtain rose, audiences were transported to the whimsical world of Far Far Away, thanks to Steve Clarkson’s impressive set design and the array of excellent costumes.

The cast's performances were captivating, with each actor embodying their respective characters with charisma and charm. From Shrek's (Martin Cook) endearing grumpiness to Fiona's (Laura Wilkinson) feisty independence, every character was brought to life with authenticity and humour. The chemistry between the leads was palpable, adding depth and emotion to the story's heartfelt moments.

One of the highlights of the production was undoubtedly the musical numbers, which were executed with precision and energy. From toe-tapping ensemble pieces to heartfelt ballads, the cast's vocal talents shone brightly throughout the performance, leaving audiences humming along and tapping their feet.

In addition to the stellar performances, the production also excelled in its technical aspects. The lighting and sound design were expertly executed, enhancing the mood and atmosphere of each scene. Special effects, including impressive make-up and puppetry, further immersed audiences in the fantastical world of Shrek.

Overall, the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of "Shrek the Musical" at the Todmorden Hippodrome was a resounding success. With its talented cast, captivating performances, and whimsical charm, it was a must-see for theatergoers of all ages.

Reviewer - Simon Oliver
on - 18.4.24