A mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

Au­di­ence mem­bers may have no choice but to “move it, move it” when Mada­gas­car hits the stage next month.

For the first time in the Bay of Plenty, the stage show ver­sion of Dream­works’ Mada­gas­car will play by Steps Per­form­ing Arts stu­dents.

The stage show is based on the an­i­mated ad­ven­ture mu­si­cal movie— abox of­fice suc­cess with chil­dren— about a group of zoo an­i­mals break­ing out of their con­fines at Cen­tral Park Zoo to go out and ex­pe­ri­ence the big wide world.

Di­rec­tor Paula Har­ri­son says the mu­si­cal is very up­beat, fun, colour­ful and ev­ery­one will recog­nise the char­ac­ters.

They will also recog­nise the toe-tap­ping fea­ture song I Like To Move It.

Marty the ze­bra (Aria Chiari), is cel­e­brat­ing his 10th birthday with his friends and he longs to ex­pe­ri­ence life out­side of the zoo’s walls and to be wild and free.

He leaves the zoo with his friends.

In pur­suit Alex (Ca­ley McCul­loch), Mel­man (Flynn Har­ris), Glo­ria (Abby Ozanne) and Ma­son, the pen­guins search for him in New York City but af­ter re­unit­ing, the an­i­mals are chased by the po­lice and felled by tran­quil­izer darts. They awake on a ship trapped in crates.

The an­i­mals end up ship­wrecked on the is­land of Mada­gas­car were they meet il­lus­tri­ous King Julien (Sha­nia Mor­ris­sey), Mau­rice (Natasha Bowen) Mort (Mia Chiari) other lemurs and the foos as.

Paula likens the jour­ney of the an­i­mals to Steps stu­dents.

“They are ex­per­i­ment­ing with new skill sets as they ven­ture into new ter­ri­tory per­son­ally and cre­atively, and they are form­ing new friend­ships through the shared ex­pe­ri­ence of

PHOTO/Tina French

Steps ac­tors run wild on stage when they per­form mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture Mada­gas­car. Pic­tured is Flynn Har­ris, Aria Chiari, Sha­nia Mor­ris­sey, Ca­ley McCul­loch, Abby Ozanne, Natasha Bowen and Mia Chiari.

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