Madagascar is on a stage next year
Rotorua Musical Theatre is inviting locals to escape the ‘zoo’ of life and join them on a transatlantic musical adventure.
More than 58 children aged between 10 to 18 years, from most Rotorua schools, will play the outlandish characters based on the Dreamworks movie Madagascar.
Madagascar — A Musical Adventure JR follows the well-known characters Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins, as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
The Broadway Junior shows are specifically written for students to perform and Madagascar Jr director Natasha Benfell says the previous show, Shrek Jnr, was a huge success. “It has been amazing to watch their confidence grow since auditions and through rehearsals. [The children] are learning new skills and developing friendships through the shared experience of collaborating on this show.”
The shows are run in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council and the manager of the Energy Events Centre Joelene Elliott cannot wait for the season to begin. “I have got all my Christmas presents sorted as I will be buying Madagascar vouchers for all my nieces and nephews.”
The show is on from January 10 to 20 at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.
Schools involved include:
St Mary’s Catholic School Western Heights High School Rotorua Girls’ High School Rotorua Boys’ High School John Paul College Malfroy Primary School Chapman College Ngongotaha¯ Primary School Lynmore Primary School Mokoia Intermediate Rotorua Intermediate Rotorua Lakes High School
■ Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.co.nz or from the Box Office at Energy Events Centre. Adults $20, child $15 or family $60. Booking fees apply.
The student-led musical is coming to Rotorua next year.