Big stage theatre dream comes true for Paraparaumu College student – Kāpiti News

Mischa Obrien as young Fiona, left, with her older self.

From community theater to the big stage in Auckland, Paraparaumu College student Mischa Obrien had a school holiday to remember after spending the particular first week starring in Shrek the Musical .

The production is a Broadway smash-hit production brought to life on a New Zealand phase at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre.

Sending in an audition tape in mid-2021 for the particular part of young Fiona, Mischa received a good in-person callback and a week later found out she had won the part.

“It was very exciting. ”

Mischa Obrien with comedian Ben Hurley dressed as Lord Farquaad.
Mischa Obrien with comedian Ben Hurley dressed as Lord Farquaad.

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film Shrek , the musical is a multimillion-dollar manufacturing with lavish sets, impressive costumes and is component romance, part twisted fairytale and irreverent fun that brings all the beloved characters you know from the movie to life on stage proving there’s more to the story than meets the particular ears.

“I played the part of young Fiona.

“She’s the particular younger version of Princess Fiona which shows the girl life growing up in the tower while she starts to realise the real reality associated with fairy tales.

“Being trapped away, younger Fiona is more naive than teen or adult Fiona. ”

Her role involved singing I Know It’s Today , together with the particular teenage and adult Fiona at the end of the musical.

“I love the song, and at the particular end, all of the Fionas appear and sing it together with each other – it’s really cool. inch

Without much formal training, Mischa has done a few dancing lessons but most of her experience offers been gained from taking parts in local theatre companies.

She played Molly from Annie and Timone from The Lion King with the Levin Performing Arts Society and last year played Jane within Mary Poppins with Coasters Musical Theatre.

“I have never received any lessons inside acting or singing but my mum is the huge help.

“Working with professional actors and actresses was different to what I’ve done before and I really enjoyed working with each and every one of the cast plus crew.

“Everyone was so nice, patient and supportive and were also super great along with advice and tips if they were needed.

“There was only one child role in the show so I was grateful with regard to how kind they were. inches

The show was produced in New Zealand by Showcase Entertainment Group, the same producer who brought Dr Seuss’ The particular Cat within the Hat to our lives on stage, as well as created the regional tour of Madagascar The Musical in association with Music Theater International (Australasia) Ltd.

Mischa has finished the show in Auckland but will be performing it again at Wellington’s newly refurbished St James Theatre in October.

“I feel so lucky We get to have this opportunity. I love musical theatre therefore much thus this is a dream come true.

“It’s pretty mind-blowing in order to be within these incredible theatres surrounded by such huge talent – it’s so cool for me. ”


In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue the feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie along with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, plus you’ve got the particular kind associated with mess that will calls for the real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name will be Shrek.