You like to move it, move it? Try out for Madagascar

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA-MOAMA Theatre Company’s junior production of Madagascar has sparked a huge amount of interest.

So much so that more than 100 children are expected to flock to its information night later this month.

Director Darcy Elliott said having so much interest was fantastic but would make the selection process challenging.

‘‘We only need 45, so some kids are obviously going to miss out,’’ he said.

In saying that, Darcy encouraged children who wanted to be involved in theatre or try something new to give it a go.

‘‘EMTC has a great family atmosphere,’’ he said.

To help children with their auditions, Darcy and fellow EMTC thespian Britney Evans will run a two-hour workshop on Saturday, July 21.

‘‘It’s going to be a really stripped back process to give the kids an idea of what to expect,’’ he said.

‘‘Auditions can be very confusing and overwhelming so we want to get the kids comfortable and break down some of those barriers.’’

People can book their auditions at the information night, which will be held at The Shed in Simmie St on July 16 at 6.30pm.

Auditions will be held on July 27-28, with children aged between eight and 18 eligible to try out.

Madagascar the Musical Jnr is based on the movie and follows the adventures of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and the hilarious, plotting penguins.

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.

‘‘The show has a lot of humour and great one-liners,’’ Darcy said.

‘‘The music is fun and not overly technical and will make people get up and bop.’’

The show will be held at the Paramount from November 9-17.