CAST Presents: Madagascar Jr.

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CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre Inc. (CAST) invites community members to escape the “zoo” of life in Clearfield and join them on a transatlantic musical adventure when its students perform DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. beginning April 19. 

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, the show follows a group of Central Park Zoo animals who are unexpectedly shipped to Africa.

Madagascar Jr. follows four friends who are thrust into an exciting, high-stakes, international adventure at the very moment in which they start to imagine the possibilities beyond the safe environment in which they live.

The CAST students are on a similar journey.  They are experimenting with new skill sets as they venture into new territory personally and creatively, and they are forming new friendships through the shared experience of collaborating on this show.

As the show opens the audience learns that Marty the zebra may be celebrating his 10th birthday at the Central Park Zoo with his friends Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe, yet he longs to experience life outside of the zoo’s walls. When Marty eventually escapes, his animal friends from the zoo pursue him into New York City.

After reuniting, the animals are chased by the police, and ultimately felled by tranquilizer darts. They awake, trapped in crates, on a ship, which – through a series of events – is thrown off course.

Upon reaching land, the animals discover they have been shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.  Ultimately, it is only in being so lost that they can begin to discover where they really belong.

CAST presents Madagascar Jr. April 19-21, 26-38 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ClearfieldArts.org, at the CAST office April 16-17 and 23-24 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., or at the box office 30 minutes before each show.  Group rates are available by contacting CAST.

CAST officials are anticipating rapid ticket sales, and sold out shows.  Advanced ticket purchases are recommended, as no performances will be added to this production.

This production is directed by Steve Albert, with Lisa Gormont serving as assistant director and stage manager.  Music director is Mason Strouse, with Misti Bruner as the choreographer.

Countless parent helpers, CAST board members and other volunteers are bringing this show to life for the youth of the area.  CAST would like to thank these people.

For more information, visit www.ClearfieldArts.org or call 814-765-4474.  The Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre Inc. can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CAST is a non-profit arts center located at 112 E Locust St., in the heart of downtown Clearfield.

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