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Jay Laga’aia to play Shrek in Shrek the Musical

One of Australia’s favourite children’s entertainers and much-loved actor Jay Laga’aia will be playing the role of Shrek in Packemin Productions production of Shrek The Musical at Riverside Theatres in February.

Jay’s film credits include Nims Island and Star Wars; his television credits include Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Jay’s JungleMcLeod’s DaughtersLegend Of The SeekersXena: Warrior Princess and Play School.

He has played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera, Mufasa in The Lion King – Musical, The Wizard in WICKED The Musical, along with a role in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company.

A gifted musician Jay has written and recorded six children’s albums with ABC for Kids (four of which received an ARIA Nomination) and toured his live show throughout Australia. To date Jay has had the pleasure of having his work orchestrated by, and performing with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestraand Queensland Symphony Orchestra; next year he will complete his orchestral bucket list by working with Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

So far this year Jay appeared in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Australia of Here on Channel Ten and appeared in the new Foxtel drama series, Fightin Season. The fourth series of his children’s television show, Jay’s Jungle for 7TWO, commences filming in September. He is also writing a Christmas show to be performed at the Sydney Opera House in December.

Jay is the Queensland Government‘s ‘The Early Years Count’ ambassador and is a passionate advocate for early childhood education and early literacy.

Jay is a proud father of 8.


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