Big, Bright and Beautiful: Inside Shrek The Musical Scenic Projections
We worked with DreamWorks Theatricals and Music Theatre International to create a straight-from-a-storybook world that feels instantly familiar to Shrek fans, while helping you overcome the challenges of achieving the cinematic transitions in the script.
Once upon a time, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One night, Shrek’s swamp is taken over by a group of our favorite fairytale misfits, banished by a short, short-tempered ruler. To get his swamp back, he journeys with a chatterbox donkey to save a princess who is imprisoned by a fire-breathing dragon. This new take on the classic fairytale calls for an unlikely hero to end happily ever after.
Shrek the Musical is side-splitting fun for the entire family! Through creative costume design and even the use of puppetry, fans of the animated film instantly recognize their favorite characters. An equally creative set for each fantasy location doesn’t need to break your show budget or take weeks to build. We worked with DreamWorks Theatricals and Music Theatre International to create a straight-from-a-storybook world that feels instantly familiar to Shrek fans, while helping you overcome the challenges of achieving the cinematic transitions in the script. You can see the scenery here.
Using Scenic Projections
1. As a backdrop replacement Check out this production from Sampson Community Theatre in North Carolina (USA). The projections work great to entirely replace a built set, so you can focus on sourcing or building a few key props for your cast to interact with. You can get a big, bright image using Ultra-Short Throw projectors (learn more).
2. Integrated projections with built scenic elements An even better way to utilize projections without mapping is to integrate the scenery alongside built scenic elements, giving your scenery greater depth and a professional look. When you license scenery from us, you get the watermarked rehearsal images straight away, helping you with build planning and color matching. Strom Thurmond High School from South Carolina (USA) did a really great job with this, building upstage and downstage trees that complement the Scenic Projection packages’ color palette.
Scenes to look out for
Scenic Projections offer solutions to extravagant settings and actions listed in the script. For example, you can’t have a fire-breathing dragon without fire, but with the press of a button, fire bursts through the castle gates and your trio escapes to safety.
The Old Barn
Fiona’s transformation takes place every night at sunset. Rather than flooding your stage with blue spotlights and losing the faces of your actors, at the press of a button, the sun slowly sets in the distance and your Fiona can disappear into the Old Barn for the night.
The Duloc Cathedral
In the final scene, Fiona transforms into an ogre in the middle of her wedding ceremony. Disgusted by her appearance, her groom to be, Lord Farquaad threatens to have her locked up in the tower from where she came.
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Theatrical titles from Disney are a great way to introduce your students to theatre using characters and stories with which they are undoubtedly familiar. Combine them with a 60-minute or 30-minute Broadway Junior runtime and you’ve got yourself a show that’s easy to teach and fun for your kids to learn and perform!