Eggar's School in Holybourne performed Shrek The Musical over three evenings earlier this month – with the final night’s show on Friday, March 3 selling out.
A total of 84 pupils, 18 members of staff and two former Eggar’s pupils all worked hard to perfect 25 musical numbers, 19 scenes of dialogue and at least 20 choreographed dances.
Shrek is the story of an embittered ogre who finds his home in the swamp overrun by fairytale creatures banished by the obsessive ruler Lord Farquaad. With the help of Donkey, Shrek makes a pact with Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona in exchange for regaining control of his swamp.
The show’s director Jackie Clarke said: “As the curriculum leader of drama, it is my job to pull this musical all together, working closely with the choreographer and musical director.
“But the school musical is very much that – the whole school gets involved.
“So many students and staff have helped with painting the set, gathering props, backstage preparations and helping with front of house.
“I love how students who aren’t involved in the musical ask, as they pass in the corridor, how the musical is going, showing their interest and support.’
The show received rave reviews and musical director Matthew Farris said: “Shrek has proved to be a musical tour de force and the band have been tirelessly rehearsing for many hours to learn so many technically-demanding songs.
“We have found out there is no ‘easy part’ in this show and,while testing many of the band to their limits, we have had a great deal of fun putting together the music for the performances.
“Finally, I would like to extend special thanks to the teachers and ex-students for their help in making this band possible.”
Eggar’s also invited local primary schools to watch rehearsals and Rowledge Primary School children sent in thank-you letters.
The children had drawn pictures and written about their favourite parts of the show.
The show proved entertaining for all ages and was compared to West End performances.