Shrek The Musical JR Presented by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus 10 – 13 July 2024

shrek the musical jr presented by the young australian broadway chorus 10 – 13 july 2024

The Young Australian Broadway Chorus is back these July school holidays with Shrek The Musical JR, returning to Melbourne for a limited season only at the Cripps Centre, St Kilda East.

This musical reimagining of the much-loved, Academy Award winning film Shrek, featuring a supremely talented cast of emerging performers, will enchant and delight adults and children alike with its hilarious characters, dazzling costumes and show stopping musical numbers.
Shrek The Musical JR is the young performers’ adaptation of the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award: Shrek The Musical. With music by Janine Tesori, and lyrics by David Lindsay-AbaireShrek The Musical JR is based on the story and characters from Willian Steig’s 1990 book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first instalment of the movie series.
Shrek The Musical first appeared on Broadway in 2008. The production was praised by USA Today as “…a triumph of comic imagination with a heart as big and warm as Santa’s…more family-friendly than that gag-fest.”. 
This year, the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, a division of Stage School Australia, is celebrating 25 years as a leading musical theatre training program for young people.  With an impressive track record of sold-out successes and raving reviews, it has established itself as the go-to destination for remarkable young talent.  It’s sell-out, premium quality shows include seasons of Broadway hits Seussical The Musical (2023), Oliver! JR (2023), Spring Awakening (2023) CATS (2020), Les Misérables (2019) and Wicked (2018). This production marks 7 years since the company first produced Shrek The Musical JR.

Praise for the Young Australian Broadway Chorus
…a must-see production’ Classic Melbourne
‘This is a spectacular show‘ Australian Arts Review
“YABC has done it again, they have delivered a classic to the stage in what can only be described as a truly professional show….I gave it 5 stars!” Showbiz with Leigh Drew On Casey Radio
“A brilliant new production…great cast and ensemble team of talented performers” Stage Whispers
Stage School Australia’s Resident Director of Music, Chelsea Plumley, shared her excitement about bringing the production to Melbourne audiences: “I have been genuinely blown away by the talent of the YABC performers since taking on my position at Stage School at the start of 2024. The work ethic and skillsets of these young performers is very inspiring. Couple these gifted young people with a crackerjack of a show brimming with brilliant dialogue and songs and we truly have a match made in heaven.”


Stage School Australia is one of Australia’s leading performing arts schools for young people and is this year celebrating 40 years since its establishment.  Founded in 1984 as the Victorian Children’s Theatre, Stage School Australia now works with over 5,500 students across locations in Melbourne and Brisbane Stage School Australia has gained a reputation as a launching pad for the professional performing arts industry with alumni including Brianna Bishop (Grease, Hairspray, Midnight), Lyndon Watts (Hamilton, West Side Story, Candide), Samantha Dodemaide (Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Wicked) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, Adoration, Peaky Blinders).

Shrek The Musical JR 
Dates: 10th – 13th July 2024
Venue: Cripps Centre, St Kilda East
Production team: Director – Robert Coates, Producer – Elysia Krstevski, Musical Director – Chelsea Plumley, Choreographers – Jacqui Green and Victoria Morris

Tickets: A Reserve from $33.00 B Reserve from $27.50
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Image credit: Young Australian Broadway Chorus’ 2017 production of Shrek The Musical JR. Photos by James Gillot.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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