by Jia Ying Chia
It was a magical, musical night as the International School of Brunei (ISB) opened their doors for performances of ‘SHREK: The Musical’ in June this year. The whole school production, based on the award-winning Dreamworks Picture animation franchise from the early 2000’s, had a strong cast and crew of nearly 200 students from Year 4 to Year 12 who prepared for months to help bring the SHREK movie to life onstage. The two-night run had primary students take over opening night, with secondary students giving their all on the following show night.
Amy Gilroy, Head of the ISB Arts Faculty, said that SHREK fever had certainly taken over the students and staff. “The buzz and excitement around the school has been amazing. This collaboration is a true testament to our wonderfully supportive ISB community. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic staff and students to work with to help create such special memories that last a lifetime,” she said adding that the hard work and commitment was truly evident during the shows “as the talented cast add energy, humour and warmth to their characters, which are complemented by an incredibly green and well-dressed stage that captivated audiences”.
The production also included Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, in the secondary ensemble. Gilroy also extended her heartfelt gratitude to the various sponsors who had supported the production.