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Madagascar Jr: A Musical Adventure - Review

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I'm a 28 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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5 Stars - Talented Actors, Catchy Songs & Beautiful Costumes
Adelaide Youth Theatre Company
Adelaide Youth Theatre Company presents Dreamworks Madagascar Jr - A Musical Adventure playing at The Arts Theatre from Friday 20th April 10.30am, Saturday 21st April 2pm and Saturday 21st April 6pm. Madagascar Jr - A Musical Adventure is based on the 2005 Dreamworks animated motion picture Madagascar and by book by Kevin Del Aquila. It features music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan.

Adelaide Youth Theatre presented this childhood classic with high energy, talented actors and catchy songs. Anyone who has watched Madagascar hangs out for the scene where King, Julian together with the cast, presents 'I Like to Move It' - this scene was presented amazingly. Nathan Stafford did an amazing job as King Julian, not only was his costume remarkably similar to the original but the way he sang, spoke and danced was as if I was watching the Dreamworks movie. He was born for this role, his high energy and witty personality really did it justice.

Joshua Spiniello was the King of the Jungle, Alex the Lion and did an incredible job. Alex is confident and walks through the jungle with respect. Spiniello owned the stage in this character - he was funny and took the character to a whole new level. The Penguins stole the show with there spy-like behaviour, sneaking around the stage as if they were breaking out of the zoo. Penguins Sea Shanty was sang very well and featured beautiful singers Alyssa Tacono, Kate Neville, Kiara Linke and Alessia Charman. I loved the commitment to the Penguin walk, this was a standout moment.

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Zali Sedgman as Melman was my favourite character. This was done so well, the crowd loved the jokes between scenes regarding different illnesses. Sedgman has a huge future ahead of her in the industry. Ryan Vandermyle, who played Marty, was sassy and comical. He presented Marty very well and had the crowd cheering during his duet of 'Best Friends' with Spiniello.

This musical presented high energy dance moves that ended the show with the crowd on their feet dancing along. Children in the audience were singing along and Babyboomers were clapping and laughing. The crowd did 'Like to Move It' and when the show came to the close, the crowd cheered but were disappointed it was finished. The cast came out post-show to take pictures with their fans.

Starring Joshua Spiniello as Alex, Ryan Vandermyle as Marty, Zali Sedgman as Melman, Erin Sowerby as Gloria, Nathan Stafford as King Julian, Alyssa Tacono as Skipper, Kate Neville as Nowalski, Kiara Linke as Rico and Alessia Charman as Private. Featuring all your favourite songs from the film, including 'Its Showtime', 'Wild and Free', 'Best Friends', 'Relax, Be Cool, Chill Out', 'Grand Central', 'Penguins Sea Shanty', 'Welcome to Me', 'I Like to Move It', 'Steak', 'Living in Paradise', 'Foosa Hungry', 'The King of Madagascar' and 'Together Forever'.

Another incredible production by Adelaide Youth Theatre Company. High energy, lots of fun, spectacular set design, beautiful costumes and talented actors, 5/5 Stars - a must-see show.
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Where: Arts Theatre | 53 Angus Street, Adelaide
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