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Joanne Clifton Inspires Shrek Jr. Cast with Workshop Extravaganza

28 March 2024

Renowned dancer and actress Joanne Clifton, known for her portrayal of Princess Fiona in the Shrek UK Tour and her appearances on "Strictly Come Dancing," recently graced the cast of Shrek Jr. with an unforgettable workshop experience. 


Taking on the role of Princess Fiona both on stage and in imparting her expertise, Joanne led the young cast through the iconic stage number of "I'm a Believer," originally choreographed by Nick Winston for the stage show. With precision and passion, she brought the dance to life, sharing insights and tips from her own journey as a performer. 


Beyond the steps, Joanne regaled the children with tales from her illustrious career, offering a glimpse into the world of professional theater and dance. From her experiences on "Strictly Come Dancing" to her time as a leading lady in various stage productions, she inspired the young performers to dream big and pursue their passions relentlessly. 


The workshop culminated in a lively Question and Answer session, where Clifton fielded inquiries from curious minds eager to learn from her wealth of experience. With grace and humour, she addressed everything from the challenges of performing to the joys of bringing characters to life on stage.


As a final treat, Clifton joined forces with the young Fiona's from Shrek Jr. to perform "I Know It's Today," a heartwarming moment that bridged the gap between seasoned professional and aspiring talent. Together, they showcased the magic of theatre and the camaraderie it fosters. 


Through her workshop, Joanne Clifton left an indelible mark on the cast of Shrek Jr., instilling in them not only valuable skills but also the belief that with dedication and determination, anything is possible. Her passion for performance and unwavering commitment to her craft serve as beacons of inspiration for the next generation of artists.