Theatre Review: Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr: Creature Feature, Or Animals Abroad


Bruce Dennill

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Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr / Directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith / People’s Theatre, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein

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Dreamworks’ Madagascar films are explosions of colour, humour, questionable zoological research and child-friendly truisms. This musical stage adaptation has to deliver similar levels of energy and accessibility in order to keep young audiences engaged and, to its considerable credit, this People’s Theatre production never struggles in that regard.

The theatre’s compact stage means that the cast’s constant movement requires acute awareness of where all the sharp corners of the set are, as well as the other actors – particularly the kids, who must be difficult to see in the limited field of vision provided by the costumes of the four leads.

That quartet of actors – Alex the Lion (Luciano Zappa); Gloria the Hippo (Joelle Rochecouste); Marty the Zebra (Thokozani Jiyane) and Melman the Giraffe (Marvin Molepo) give…

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