More Mada­gas­car

Show is fa­mil­iar but a lot of the mu­sic will be new to your ears

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - LOIS ANN BAKER lbaker@post­media.com twit­ter.com/LoisAn­nBaker

Au­di­ences are go­ing to be wowed with the next ju­nior pro­duc­tion put on by the Se­away Val­ley Theatre Com­pany.

This year the com­pany has de­cided to go with Mada­gas­car, A Mu­si­cal Ad­ven­ture, Jr. and codi­rec­tors Michael deWolfe and Paula Di Ste­fano said it’s go­ing to be a lot of fun.

“It’s a stand-alone show,” said de Wolfe. “It only ex­ists in this form for kids.”

Nor­mally the theatre com­pany does a mu­si­cal based on a big­ger mu­si­cal or Dis­ney movie.

“This is its own fresh mu­sic that is not in the movie,” said deWolfe. “They have added a lot to it. It’s a re­ally fun, cute, quirky sound­track. We love it. It’s get­ting stuck in our heads and we are not mad about it. Not like Zip­pidy Doo Dah last year or the year be­fore.”

deWolfe said the char­ac­ters and the sto­ry­line are the same as the movie kids have loved but new songs have been added.

“It’s an on-stage mu­si­cal ver­sion of that story that hap­pens in the movie,” he said. “The four of them es­cape from the Cen­tral Park Zoo and get mis­tak­enly shipped off and end up on the is­land of Mada­gas­car with pen­guins and King Julien and Mau­rice. All the char­ac­ters are there, they just added more mu­sic to it.”

The SVTC holds one show each year fea­tur­ing young ac­tors and de Wolfe said there was a great se­lec­tion of plays for young ac­tors. Mada­gas­car was the next play on the list of ones they could have cho­sen from.

“We have been sort of work­ing our way down the list,” he said.

“The mu­sic re­ally stood out, too,” said Di Ste­fano. “There are a lot of re­ally up­beat songs. We find the chil­dren re­ally en­joy those. We have heard a lot of the kids say how much they en­joy prac­tic­ing with the sound­track at home be­cause they love the mu­sic.”

There are 40 chil­dren in­volved in the pro­duc­tion be­tween the ages of six and 16 and Di Ste­fano said the hard­est part was telling some of the kids who au­di­tioned they wouldn’t be in the play. They had about 75 to 80 kids au­di­tion for roles but could only cast 40.

“It’s a great fam­ily show,” said Di Ste­fano. “I rec­om­mend fam­i­lies to come out to see this com­mu­nity theatre with kids right from our area.” “And it’s only an hour long, so it flies by,” said deWolfe. “It’s a re­ally great way to in­tro­duce kids to live theatre. It’s not a huge twohour show and they know the char­ac­ters.”

The play runs only on Dec. 2 with two shows, one at 1:30 and the other at 4:30 and on Dec. 3 at 1:30. The play is at Aultsville Theatre and tick­ets are now avail­able at svtc. thet­ick­etwicket.ca or at the United Way of­fice on Fourth Street.

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Cast mem­bers from Mada­gas­car, A Mu­si­cal Ad­ven­ture Jr. An­thony Mac­Don­ald, Ethan Gil­more, Alexis Gil­more, Mil­lie Cameron-Burelle and Sab­rina Este­ban play the main char­ac­ters.

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