"Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr." Auditions Aug. 21 & 22 at The Phipps

Auditions for students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children’s Theater production of “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.,” with the book by Kevin Del Aguila, and original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. each day, at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4bafae2fa5fc1-madagascar. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. 

This faithful musical adaptation of the popular DreamWorks animated film is filled with outlandish characters, adventure, and an upbeat score. It features a cast of 25 or more, with many roles that could be played by either gender.

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. They find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

All actors will be asked to sing approximately 32 measures of a prepared song showing their range, as well as read from the script. Those auditioning should bring sheet music for the accompanist or a CD accompaniment. Everyone will be asked to learn a short dance combination, so all should come dressed to move, with their hair tied back.

Also, actors should bring a completed audition form, which can be found below; a current photo of any size, if they have one; as well as a list of all rehearsal conflicts, including all after-school and weekend activities.

Rehearsals will be scheduled September 11-October 26 on weekdays, except Wednesdays, 4-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Most cast members will only be needed three to four times per week for a limited time.

“Madagascar” will run for 16 performances October 27-November 19 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

There will be a $75 fee for each cast member due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting, which covers the cost of a t-shirt, makeup kit, Saturday performance meals, and headshot. Scholarships are available, if needed.

John H. Potter will direct, Erin Maher is the music director, and Mackenzie Lewis is the choreographer.

For further information, contact the center at 715.386.2305.

Contact information

The Phipps Center for the Arts
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