Motlow State Community College theater department is eager to welcome thousands of area children with its production of “Madagascar - A Musical Adventure” on the Moore County campus inside Eoff Hall, Powers Auditorium, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6.
"Thousands of students will come from surrounding schools to see Motlow students perform, free of charge, as they have for over 30 years now,” said Emily Seal, assistant professor of speech and theatre at Motlow and director of the production. “We are excited to offer this fun and very entertaining musical production. This is just a great opportunity for everyone involved."
Performances for elementary school students will be Nov. 6, 7, 8, and 14 at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., and Nov. 15 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On the evening of Nov. 15 there will be a performance for the public beginning at 7 p.m., with a reception at 6 p.m.
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure” follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, hilarious plotting penguins 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.
Motlow theatre students will be featured in the musical, showcasing their acting, singing and musical talents, including the following Motlow student cast members: Marty - Elizabeth Damewood; Alex - Bethany Watkins; Gloria - Sianni McClean; Melman - Zach Smith; Skipper - W.T. Prater; Kowalski - Alex Phillips; Private - Tristan Teal; Rico - Casey Crowe; King Julien - Tyler Plumley; Maurice/Ensemble - Jadon Vanzant; Mason/Mort - Aiden O’Carroll; Zelda/Lynn Lemur/Ensemble - Mangos Campbell; Candy/Lion - Buffy Davis; Zeke/Ship’s Captain/Lion - Leah Swarts; Lion/Foosa - Connie Dodson; Tourist in NYC - Stacey Allison; Police Officer/Lars Lemur - Brianna Blankenship; and Animal Control/Foosa Leader - Jax Golden.
Production supporters are Teresa Brown, musical director; Brenden Taylor, assistant director; Bobbie Spratlin, house manager; and Moore County campus Dean Sid Hill, producer.
“What I love about teaching and working with Motlow theatre students is their energy and passion, along with the talents they possess,” Seal added. “I believe the audience will enjoy the Madagascar performance from start to finish.”
Admission is free, however, reservations are recommended, and donations are appreciated. All monies raised are strictly for items to benefit the theatre department, or for items needed in the auditorium.
For additional information, to donate, and for reserved seating for the Nov. 15 evening performance, contact Bobbie Spratlin at email@example.com, or 931-393-1709.