The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents MADAGASCAR: A Musical Adventure This February at the Taft Theatre

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Matt Krieg as Alex the Lion & A. James Jones as Marty the Zebra. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE February 10-19, 2018 at the Taft Theatre. 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 the Taft Theatre stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE 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.   With ten new songs added, including the film’s pop favorite “I Like to Move It, Move It,MADAGASCAR, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is brought vividly to life on stage in a high-energy production under the direction of Aubrey Berg. Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, calls this show a creative celebration of friendship that will be fun for the whole family!

Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.  Directed by Aubrey Berg.  Choreographed by Eric Byrd.

MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, February 10-19, 2018.  Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired), Sunday, February 11 at 2 PM, Sunday, February 11 at 5 PM, Friday, February 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, February 17 at 2 PM, Saturday, February 17 at 5 PM, Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and  www.ticketmaster.com.

School performances of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE will be held February 13-16 & 19 during the daytime hours. TCT’s Sensory Friendly performance will be held on Monday, February 19 at 9:45 AM. This performance is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimalized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The cast (in alphabetical order):

  • Skipper/Larz/Ensemble KYLE ANGEL
  • Kowalski/Ensemble ANDREW BLAKE
  • Rico/Lynn/Ensemble MADELEINE BURGOON
  • King Julien/Ensemble CHRIS LOGAN CARTER
  • Candy/Maurice/Ensemble LISA DeROBERTS
  • Private/Ensemble EILEEN EARNEST
  • Zeke/Ensemble CALEB FARLEY
  • Alex A. JAMES JONES
  • Zelda/Mort/Old Lady/Ensemble KRISTI ROSE MILLS
  • Female Swing MADDI O’CONNELL
  • Ensemble/Dance Captain RACHEL PERIN
  • Gloria JOY ROLLAND-OBA
  • Melman SPENSER SMITH
  • Marty KELCEY STEELE
  • Mason/Ensemble KYLE TAYLOR

Understudies:

  • Marty, Alex CHRIS LOGAN CARTER
  • Zelda EILEEN EARNEST
  • Melman, Mason CALEB FARLEY
  • Gloria KRISTI ROSE MILLS
  • Candy, Maurice RACHEL PERIN
  • Julien, Penguins KYLE TAYLOR

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is made possible by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  Season Sponsors are the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Foundation, and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation.  This program is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.  TriHealth sponsors this production’s Dress Run.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.

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