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Spring Production - 2018

Show Synopsis:

Join 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 your 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.

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 aide of some prodigious penguins - to explore the world.

Production Dates:

Free Introductory Week January 17th & 19th, 2018.

January 22 - April 22, 2018

Performances: April 20th, 2018
Friday April 21st at 6:30pm
Saturday April 21st at 1:30pm & 6:30pm
Sunday April 22nd at 1:30pm


This production is for 5-10 year olds.


Mondays, Wednesdays & Friday
4:00pmm to 6:00pm (for 5-10 year olds)


AAT's Santa Cruz Studio - 325 Washington Street, Downtown Santa Cruz.


$595.00 for (5-10 year olds)

$95.00 online deposit and $500.00 tuition due on by the first day of camp.
This covers script, costume & food during the performance weekend only.

* Early bird tuition rate (pay by January 19th) $540.00.
* there is also a $100.00 discount for siblings in the same show.

If you have any questions about this please do contact us at finance@allabouttheatre.org.

If you require financial assistance, please apply for Financial Aid. Follow this link...

General Rehearsals

Starting Wednesday January 17th, 2018.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 4pm-6pm
  • Each week some select students may be called in at 3:30pm.

  • Please be prepared to attend all the rehearsals should your child be called. We do allow for some conflicts (medical, family reunions, weddings etc...) but we wil need to know about these prior to casting the show. Your registration form contains a Conflict Section which you'll complete to the best of your ability.

    How To Come Prepared To Auditions & Rehearsals

    We request that each actor who comes to rehearsals wear dance wear. Whether that be yoga pants, comfy slacks, leggings or shorts, it does not matter.

    Dance shoes would be best but if none are owned, please be sure to have flexible soled shoes on for the dance auditions. Opened toed shoes are not permitted.

    Please bring a water bottle and snacks as you will need to fuel your body.

    Get To Know The Show:

    To hear audio clips click on this link - AUDIO.

    To watch a few youtube links, click on the ones below...

  • Overview:
  • Video 1
    Video 2
    Video 3
    Video 4
  • Opening Number:-
  • Video 5
    Video 6
  • I Like To Move It Song:
  • Video 7
    Video 8
  • Steak Song:
  • Video 9
  • Ending Song:
  • Video 10

    *** There are many other songs and videos to explore online ***

    Important Dates:

  • January 15 - All Registration forms and fees due ($95/student)
  • January 17 - Day 1 of Introductory Week @ AAT Studio, 325 Washington St, SC / All tuition fees due in full unless otherwise arranged with AAT finance.
  • February 5 - Parent Meeting @ AAT Studio from 5-6pm (please try your best to attend this important meeting)
  • April 15 - Load-in @ AAT Studio (4-6 hour commitment). Move all sets, costumes, props, etc. to Louden and assemble stage thrust.
  • April 16-19 - Tech Week @ Louden Nelson (Mon/Tues: 3:30-7:30 and Wed/Thur: 3:30-8:00)
  • April 20-22 - Performances @ Louden Nelson (Friday - 6:30 / Saturday - 1:30, 6:30 / Sunday - 1:30
  • April 22 - Strike @ Louden Nelson to AAT Studio (2-3 hour commitment). Break down and return all sets, costumes, props, thrust, etc.
  • April 23 - Cast Party (Date subject to change)


  • Rehearsal Location - AAT Studio, 325 Washington St., Santa Cruz
  • Tech Week Location - Louden Nelson Theater, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz
  • Performance Location - Louden Nelson Theater, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz

  • Tech Week:

    Tech Week is the week before we open - the April (20th-22nd).

    *All Weekday rehearsals in tech week will be held at Louden Nelson Center.

  • Monday arrive at Louden at 3:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday arrive at Louden at 3:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Wednesday arrive at Louden at 3:30pm until 8:00pm
  • Thursday arrive at Louden at 3:30pm until 8:00pm

  • * We shall try to let the kids out as early as possible on Wednesday and Thursday...

    Parent Responsibilities:

    To keep the production camp costs low, we do mandate a set number of volunteer hours however within the rehearsal run of over the 3 months - it`s easy to put in an hour or two here and there (20 per child with siblings being an additional 5 hours). We also encourage families to solicit any program ads and aucition items that they are able to. We encourage more volunteer hours if there are two or more children per family in the production.

    Volunteering within your time frame includes (or can include) set painting, needlework, auction item soliciting, dressing-room, poster distribution, tech week supervisor and so on. These positions range from a couple of hours to 20 hours, so you can help in several areas or simply one to fulfill your hours. We rely upon the commitment of the teens and the parents to help in set construction and so on. We provide many different kinds of creative outlets to fulfill you volunteer hours that can work with people who have busy schedules that do not allow for more than a few hours of volunteer work per week. Jobs are separated into three categories; those that are needed to be completed earlier on / those that occur in the middle of the rehearsal run and those that are focused around the show itself (tech week and actual show weekend).

    We will email you closer to the first day of rehearsals to let you know when the Parent Meeting is schedule so that you can attend.

    Casting information:

  • Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
  • Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
  • Dance Requirements: Standard

  • Character Breakdown:

  • Alex - Alex, the lion, is the main attraction at the Central Park Zoo and undoubtedly `The King of New York City.` He`s a fun-loving fella whose devotion to steak is matched only by his devotion to his friends. Cast a great singer and actor but most importantly, someone who has that magnetic quality of a showman.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: A3

  • Marty - Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Cast a young man who is a solid singer and actor who also possesses a sweet disposition. You want your audience to root for Marty. He should be a perfect complement to Alex.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: A3

  • Gloria - Gloria, the hippopotamus, is a bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she`s with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman. This a great part for a performer who can act, sing and who can serve as the caretaker of the group.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: Eb4

  • Melman - Melman is a kind-hearted giraffe who is a bit of a hypochondriac. He`s always just a little bit nervous, but when it comes down to it, he`ll rise to the situation. Pick a performer who can sing well but more notably, can carve out this comedic part with strong acting choices.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: Db5
    Vocal range bottom: E3

  • The Penguins - The Penguins are a group of birds on a mission: bust out of the zoo and return home to Antarctica. Skipper serves as the captain of the group, giving orders with ease and command. Kowalski is Skipper`s second-in-command and a dutiful one at that. Rico is the brute of the group and can karate chop anything in sight. Private`s primary job in the group is to maintain the cute and fuzzy disguise. Cast these four primary roles with performers who work well together.
    Gender: Both

  • The Zookeepers - The Zookeepers introduce the crowds to all the sights and attractions of the Central Park Zoo. Zookeeper Zelda, Zookeeper Zeke and Zookeeper Zoe are perfect parts for proficient musicians and actors who can express a real excitement and passion for the animals. Zelda has a large solo in the opening, so cast your best singer amongst the Zookeepers in that role.
    Gender: Both
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: B3

  • Mason - Mason is a chimpanzee with a bone to pick: though highly intelligent, his species seems to get a bad reputation for being simpleminded, and he takes that quite personally. This is a great acting role for a performer who can make bold choices from the get-go.
    Gender: Male

  • The Lemurs - The Lemurs are a wild band of creatures native to Madagascar trying desperately to avoid being eaten by the cat-like creatures called the Fossa. King Julien is their leader and the perfect part for the comedian of your company who can sing, dance, act and has intuitive comedic timing. Maurice is King Julien’s assistant who is not so welcoming to Madagascar’s new inhabitants. This part is perfect for an actor who can convey distrust and disinterest while still being a powerful second-in-command to King Julien. Mort is the littlest of the Lemurs, who can barely speak. Find a young, small, sweet performer who possesses a sense of comedy. Lynn, Lew, Lee and Lars are fun roles for young actors with bold personalities.
    Gender: Both
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: A3

  • The Foosa - The Fossa are cat-like predators with an appetite for Lemurs! The Fossa Leader is the biggest and baddest of the Fossa and is feared by most of the creatures in Madagascar. Cast an actor who has a great imagination for creating a larger-than-life creature who can strike fear with one look. For the rest of Fossa, choose an ensemble that can create a dominating pack of predators.
    Gender: Both

  • Servers - Servers #1, #2 and #3 are imagined servers in Alex`s dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! Cast three performers who can both dance and sing well and work as a unit well together.
    Gender: Both
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: D4

  • The Lionesses - The Lionesses are a group of lady lions and Alex`s background singers and dancers. These are great featured roles for dancers.
    Gender: Female

  • Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship`s Captain - are all great cameo roles with speaking lines. Remember! No role is too small, and each one serves to create the larger picture of the world of Madagascar JR., so cast a colorful group of characters in these fun roles.
    Gender: Both

  • New Yorkers and Animals - The New Yorkers and Animals are two separate ensemble groups that are essential for setting up the world of the Central Park Zoo. Remind these groups to be bold, specific and full of energy to kick off the show with a bang!
    Gender: Both

  • Madagascar Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

    Lindsey Chester (Executive Director): 831-345-6340

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