Theatre Education Program to present Madagascar Jr.

Registration open to all 1-12 graders, auditions Saturday, January 11

The Reif Theatre Education Program is following-up the success of their winter run of Disney’s Frozen Jr. shows with a spring production of Dreamwork’s Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. Registration for participation is open to all students in grades 1 – 12 and auditions are Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Reif. Rehearsals take place on select days after school through April 5. Performances take place the first weekend in April.

“Our goal is to have 50 kids participate,” said Reif Arts Council Marketing Director Paul M. Gregersen. “That’s a lot of hilarious lemurs at the Reif.”

Directed by Grand Rapids theatre veteran and Reif Education Director, Katie E. Smith, the show centers around Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends 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.

“Madagascar is such a popular and recognizable film for youth of all ages, not just little kids, but tweens and teens as well,” Gregersen said. “Spots are available for all participants, including back-stage crew.”

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends — Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo — have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape — with the help of some prodigious penguins — to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Registration materials and further information can be found at reifcenter.org/theatre-ed. Questions can be directed to education@reifcenter.org or by calling the Reif (218) 327-5780. A limited amount of need based scholarships are available.

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