Directed by Say Sink
Youth Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Rachel Ealy
Music Direction by Bonnie Mehring
Choreography by Alicia Curtis
Assistant Stage Manager – Vacant/Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply (See Below)
Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) will present Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Burlington.
Regular show dates are October 19-21 and 26-28, 2018. Two Daytime “School Shows” will be presented at the Paramount on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Auditions are open to youth ages 8 to 18. A prospective cast member must be a minimum of 8 years old and a maximum of 18 years old on the day that individual auditions for the production.
Auditions will be:
Monday, August 20, 2018 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Alamance Lutheran Church
4008 Highway 62 South
If you have conflicts with the audition dates above, please email Greg Wilder by Saturday, August 11, 2018 at email@example.com.
Potential cast members need to attend only one night of auditions, and there will not be any Callbacks.
Those auditioning should:
- Print out and complete the forms provided below prior to arrival at auditions.
- Prepare a verse and chorus of a song, from memory if possible, to be sung alongwith either sheet music (accompanist provided) or an accompaniment (“karaoke”) track that auditionees should provide.
- Be prepared to read passages that will be provided at auditions, showing characterization, range of emotion, variations of line delivery, and accents.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes since auditionees will also participate in movement choreography. Shorts, jeans, flip-flop shoes and sandals are definitely discouraged.
Production staff will specifically be interested in Modern/Contemporary and Acrobatics dance skills from any auditionees, and auditionees should share information on these abilities on audition forms.
The production staff will also be interested in auditionees ability to speak using any of the following specific accents/voices: New York (Brooklyn or Bronx), French, Caribbean, Eastern European/Russian, Spanish/Italian, British, very small child, and elderly person. These abilities should be noted on audition forms.
Everyone auditioning is encouraged to watch the animated version of the original Madagascar movie before coming to the auditions.
A character list is provided below.
In preparation for auditions, please read these materials and bring the completed forms to the auditions. Please also attach your own picture to the Primary Audition Form. ACT will also be taking individual pictures of all auditionees each night.
ACT is actively seeking an Assistant Stage Manager for Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. and encourages interested individuals to apply immediately. Please complete the form linked below as soon as possible and send it to Greg Wilder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT also welcomes all those interested in serving on the Tech Crew for Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. to complete the form below and submit it during auditions on August 20th or 21st.
Regular performances will be at the Paramount at 7:00 pm on October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2018 and 2:00 pm on October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2018. The two Daytime “School Shows” will occur on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 and are tentatively scheduled for 9:30 am and 12:00 noon.
All cast and tech crew members must be present for all regular performances and the “School Shows”. The Alamance-Burlington School System as well as other schools have previously recognized School Show performance days as excused absences for cast and crew members.
The final cast and crew list will be posted on ACT’s Facebook Page no later than Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:00PM. Those individuals must email Jennifer Steelman to accept or decline your role at email@example.com by 12:00 Noon on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
On Sunday, August 26th, all of the cast, crew members, parents/guardians, directors, and producers will meet at Alamance Lutheran Church at 5:00 pm. A great deal of important information will be discussed, so it is MANDATORY that each cast member and a parent/guardian attend this meeting. A $50 Participation Fee will be collected from each cast member ($40 for each additional sibling). This fee helps to cover some of the production’s costs. Scholarships are available to ensure that no young person is unable to participate. Please speak to one of the producers after the parent meeting to make these arrangements. Scholarship families will be requested to “Pay what they can” and will be asked to contribute additional volunteer hours to the production.
Rehearsals will be at Alamance Lutheran Church and will generally occur between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, with some Friday night rehearsals, and a few Saturday morning/afternoon rehearsals. There are no planned Sunday rehearsals except for later in the day on Sunday, October 14. Not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal but you will be expected to attend all of the rehearsals for which you have been scheduled. Tech week begins on Sunday, October 14, 2018 with rehearsals each afternoon/evening at the Paramount Theater. Tech Week rehearsals may extend to 9:30 pm at the latest.
All cast & crew MUST be present this week with no exceptions!
Auditionees should be aware that participation in other productions that overlap and create conflicts with rehearsals for Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. may be considered in casting decisions.
For any additional information, please email Jennifer Steelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex – Alex is a lion and 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. A great singer and actor, but most importantly, someone who has that magnetic quality of a showman.
Marty – Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. A solid singer and actor who also possesses a sweet disposition. Marty needs to be an actor the audience can root for and a perfect complement to Alex.
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 actor is a performer who can act, sing and who can serve as the caretaker of the group.
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. These four primary roles need actors who work well together.
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.
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. Requires an actor who can make bold choices from the get-go. (Non-Singing Role.)
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 needs an actor/ comedian 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 actor must convey distrust and disinterest while still being a powerful second-in-command to King Julien. Mort is the littlest of the Lemurs and can barely speak. Mort is young, small, and sweet and possesses a sense of comedy. Lynn, Lew, Lee and Lars are fun roles for actors with bold personalities.
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. This actor has a great imagination for creating a larger-than-life creature who can strike fear with one look. The rest of the Fossa create a dominating pack of predators. (These are Singing Roles.)
Servers – Servers #1, #2 and #3 are imagined servers in Alex’s dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! These three actors must both dance and sing well and work as a unit well together.
The Lionesses – The Lionesses are a group of lady lions and Alex’s background singers and dancers. These actors are featured dancers. (These are Singing Roles.)
Cameraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship’s Captain – Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship’s Captain are all great roles with lines. Each one serves to create the larger picture of the world of Madagascar Jr., and need colorful characters/actors in these fun roles. (These are Group Singing Roles.)
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. These actors need to be bold, specific and full of energy to kick off the show with a bang! (These are Group Singing Roles.)