When ‘Shrek The Musical’ was first brought in by Atlantis Productions last year, I was excited to catch it because of being a fan of the prolific American cartoonist, sculptor, and an illustrator and writer of popular children’s books—the late New Yorker William Steig.
Though there may have been some things from the original fan fiction that had its film version—American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, which was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and featured the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgowan; still as a whole—the musical was entertaining.
I watched on its second to the last weekend run and did find three reasons why Filipino theater lovers shouldn’t miss this production.
Shiela Valderrama-Martinez is Philippines’ Sutton Lenore Foster.
Six years after the musical opened in December 2008, after the American actress, singer and dancer—Sutton Lenore Foster assumed the character of Princess Fiona—in Manila, it’s the equally talented and excellent theater performer—Shiela Valderrama-Martinez perfectly fits the slightly temperamental and neurotic female ‘damsel in distress’.
When she started singing, she made the audience in awe with her singing voice.
She was last seen as the grieving mother in the Sandbox Collection’s Off-Broadway musical—‘Dani Girl’, but her brand of ‘Princess Fiona’ have matched the intensity of what Cameron Diaz’s image had left in the film version.
Carla Guevara-Laforteza gave another sterling performance.
Her nomination in the recently concluded 2014 BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Musical is enough to prove that she was excellent as the Dragon.
The way she attacked the character was very sexy, lovely and funny at the same time. Guevara-Lafoteza possessed the giant dragon puppet and together they gave performances that audiences will always remember their parts in the said production.
Carla is really one of the many Filipino stage actresses that could pull off any role given to her.
The Dragon and the Costumes were Shrek-tacular indeed!
Eric Pineda’s taste in dressing up the characters from Shrek to Princess Fiona and the rest characters were really something that every audience won’t forget especially Princess Fiona’s green gown and wedding dress were just the right costumes for the green princess.
Meanwhile, the Dragon is no more dreadful, but a loveable mascot instead.
Laforteza and the Dragon were both perfect for each other that they are inseparable. The actor and the puppet just make the show even more alive and engaging especially to children.
Other actors in the cast for the re-run are Rychard Everly as Shrek, Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Lorenz Martinez as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio—to name a few known theater actors.
For today’s and for tomorrow’s show (January 3 and 4)—it will only have matinees at 3pm at MERALCO Theater in Pasig City; and it is directed by Bobby Garcia. The shows admit kids ages three and above.
For tickets, please check TicketWorld via this link.