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Fairy tale set for the stage

FAMILY FAVOURITE: The Magpie Warblers' production of Shrek The Musical will hit the Northern Festival Centre stage on November 1 and 2.
FAMILY FAVOURITE: The Magpie Warblers' production of Shrek The Musical will hit the Northern Festival Centre stage on November 1 and 2.

The family favourite blockbuster hit, Shrek, is bound for the Port Pirie stage with The Magpie Warblers' latest production.

Final touches are being added to this year's show as the group gets ready to hit the Northern Festival Centre stage at the start of next month.

Taking up lead roles this year are Shaz Kuchel (Princess Fiona), John England (Shrek), Max Hunt (Donkey) and Dil Simmons (Lord Farquaad).

Director Una Cooling said the production followed the same storyline as the first movie, with a few extra fairy tale characters getting a part.

"They rise up against Lord Farquaad and his evil behaviour," she said.

She said their latest work was a great opportunity for the actors.

"It's a movie that stands all on its own," she said.

"You've got your ballads, you've got your musicals.

"Everyone has really embraced it. There's no task too big for these people."

This year's production also carries an important message.

"It's that old cliche about not judging a book by its cover," Una said.

"It's not what you look line on the outside, it's about who you are on the inside."

She said presenting Shrek had been a great opportunity to continue getting the group's name out into the community.

"It's a great show. It's supported by a wonderful ensemble," she said.

Following on from his role in Little Shop of Horrors, Max Hunt is excited to take up the role of Donkey

"It's a very energetic role. I have to talk very quickly, it's all about comedic timing," he said.

Dil Simmons, who plays Lord Farquaad, takes up the role of the production's main antagonist character.

"It's a good challenge," he said of playing an evil character.

"It's a very cathartic experience."

Shaz Kuchel, on the other hand, who plays the loveable Princess Fiona, takes up her first lead role in The Magpie Warblers.

"I'm excited. The character is different from anything I've ever done before," she said.

Taking up the role of the show's hero, Shrek, is John England.

This is England's second year with the group and he said it had been an enlightening experience with them so far.

"I enjoy the singing. I was stoked that I got the part," he said.

Shrek The Musical will appear on the Northern Festival Centre stage on November 1 and 2.

A family friendly matinee show will have a special of all tickets for $15 each.

Tickets can be purchased from the Northern Festival Centre box office.