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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Shrek the Musical’s Princess Fiona, Michelle Nash

Nash discusses her role in the upcoming Lower Ossington Theatre production of the popular Broadway musical based upon everyone’s favorite animated ogre.

By: Ashley Ramnarain
Published: September 24th, 2013 in Culture » Stage » Interviews
Michelle Nash

Things are only looking up for Canada’s rising performer, Michelle Nash. Originally from Ottawa, Nash now calls Toronto home. After graduating from a joint program in theatre from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, the emerging actress is now looking forward to her debut as Princess Fiona in Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of Shrek the Musical.

“I’ve actually done quite a few productions with the Lower Ossington Theatre,” Nash explains during a phone interview early Monday morning. “Some of their kid shows like Freckleface Strawberry... and Rent, as well as my first production, Reefer Madness but this is probably the biggest show I’ve done in Toronto and the biggest role I’ve gotten to play in Toronto.”

Nash is excited to portray Princess Fiona for a number of reasons. Obviously being given the opportunity to demonstrate her versatile performance skills is key, but it also happens that she has a personal connection to the show.

“Shrek has been one of my favourite shows for a while since it came out on Broadway. I saw the show in England, a few years back, and playing Fiona has been one of my dream roles for a few years now,” Nash explains.

“From an acting standpoint, I really felt comfortable because I relate to her character a lot. She’s a princess but she’s like the most awkward sort of not the typical princess and she speaks her mind.”

In addition to playing a character that Nash identifies with, she’s also thrilled to dawn a wig and live as a red head… Even if only temporarily and on stage. But, of course, like any production, preparing for Fiona required a lot of dedication and passion.

Andrew Di Rosa (Shrek) and Michelle Nash (Princess Fiona)

“The main thing I had to do was practice some tap because she has a big tap number in the show and I’m not really a tap dancer - so I had to learn that,” Nash added.

As for her vocal performance, Nash reveals that she is confident in her ability to capture Fiona’s diverse singing range, having practiced her vocal skills in Toronto and back in Ottawa with very esteemed teachers.

“She’s got some classical moments, which I’m trained in, but she’s also got some belty, fun, more pop-y kind of sound as well.”

Nash is also a huge fan of the animated film in which the musical is based. However, being a performer with a penchant for the theatrical, she prefers the stage production, explaining that it’s more exciting and larger than life due to the exaggerated characters and of course, the music. Shrek the Musical, according to Nash, will provide audiences with a fresh take on the music, with only one song from the soundtrack included in the production.

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