Mada­gas­car is on a stage next year

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

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 Tick­et­mas­ or from the Box Of­fice at En­ergy Events Cen­tre. Adults $20, child $15 or fam­ily $60. Book­ing fees ap­ply.

Photo / Sup­plied

The stu­dent-led mu­si­cal is com­ing to Ro­torua next year.

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