Back to school stage for Shrek part

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School leaver Alec Muir will have big shoes to fill when he returns to the Roncalli College stage this month.
The 19-year-old, who completed year 13 last year, was asked by the school’s drama department to audition for the role of the loveable green ogre Shrek in Shrek The Musical.
Alec liked the idea, auditioned and got the part. That meant he now had to balance rehearsals with work commitments, but thanks to his co-workers, that had not been a problem, he said.
‘‘I’ve been really lucky. I’ve got amazing co-workers who cover my shifts so I can make every rehearsal.’’
Alec, who has been working as an assistant miller at Farmers Mill since December last year, graced the stage for Roncalli College as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family two years ago —one of the roles he credits as giving him a love of theatre.
Roncalli College musical director Rob Martin said Alec was an obvious choice for the role of Shrek, despite no longer attending the school.
‘‘We couldn’t find anyone at school to play Shrek — there wasn’t anyone interested in doing it,’’ Mr Martin said.
‘‘Some of the kids suggested Alec,’’ Mr Martin said.
Alec said he was honoured to have been approached for the role and to be back among his peers at the college.
‘‘I’m enjoying everything.’’
Stage work had been great for his confidence, he said.
‘‘It’s a lot of confidencebuilding for me because when I first started I was not confident. I didn’t like doing anything. I didn’t like speaking in public and now you can’t really stop me — Ijust keep going.’’
Stage work also gave him the chance to break out of routine.
‘‘Even though they might only be characters, it’s nice to be someone else for a day.’’ – Shrek the Musical, which features a cast of 28, will be staged from August 17 to 20 atthe Roncalli College hall.