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Theater For Young Audiences presents Dreamworks Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.

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Sheboygan, WI – Theater For Young Audiences will present “Dreamworks Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr” this Spring as part of their Storybook Series.  Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Madagascar is sure to delight audiences of all ages; performances are recommended for ages 3 and up. TYA is thrilled to be collaborating with Warped Dance Studios for this performance. Warped Studios, based in Sheboygan Falls, will be creating exciting moments of aerial movement.

We’ve adopted a Lemur! Cast members and production team are donating to Duke University’s Lemur Center, a conservation program for earth’s most endangered species. More information about the program will be available to audience members during the production.

Performances will be held in the Matrix space at the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Five shows, including Thursday evening March 12 at 6pm, Friday morning March 13 at 10:15am as well as matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday March 14 & 15, at 11am and 2pm both days.

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Tickets are $10 (youth) and $15 (adult). Tickets can be purchased online or, on the day of the show CASH ONLY.

Featured Youth Performers include: Owen Denson (Alex the Lion) Emma Annis (Marty the Zebra) Abby Wetzel (Gloria the Hippo) Brady Baker (Melman the Zebra) John Kakuzi (King Julian) AJ Kaufmann (Skipper) Elizabeth Kaufmann (Kowalski) Julianna Wetzel (Rico) Owen Traas (Private) Finny Cornielsen (Maurice) Elsa Schuette (Mort)

Rounding out the Ensemble: Bella Rudell, Rebecca Shvartsman, Genavicia Ramirez, Lilah Hudak, Maria Stemper, Michael Stephan, Aiofe Meyer, Molly Rankin, Brooke Hess, Stella Farvour, Natalie Huerta, Izzy Arenal, Adelaide Milne, Ellie Turcotte, Lucy Thoresen.

Youth aerial performers instructed by Maria Hackbarth, owner of Warped Dance Company in Sheboygan Falls, will swing into the wild Madagascar jungle in this first collaborative performance with TYA.  The jungle has never been this wild in Sheboygan.

The Production Team for Madagascar is an all-star group of experienced youth theater enthusiasts.

Kayla Schetter (Choreographer), making her TYA debut, is jazzed to be back in Sheboygan and working with the youth in Madagascar. She earned her B.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and danced professionally after college in New York City. Recently, she opened a Pilates studio (Core Connections) in Sheboygan.

Dan Burkey (Stage Director) eats, sleeps, and breathes theater. Equipped with his dramatic arts degree and certificate in theater education, by day he teaches drama at the Étude Group Schools in Sheboygan and by night he flies to TYA to direct the super star youth cast. Burke is the founder of Mad Yarn Theatre Company. He is excited to join TYA as the director of Madagascar – his first official position with TYA since coaching performers for Boing Zoing Kidz Amazing Circus.

Hannah Benton (Producer, Artistic Director) along with Kiyohe Lopez (Scenic Designer) are honing their creative ingenuity with exciting transformative set pieces and full character costuming.

SASD vocal music teacher, Katy Ries (music director), returns to TYA this spring to lead the cast on a musical adventure, with familiar songs like the catchy Move It, Move It.

The production team is also joined by Tegan Hermann (Stage Manager),  Valerie Hoffmann (Lighting Design) Noah Verhasselt (Lighting Assistant) and Cate Denson (Props Master).

From our Storybook Series, to our Mainstage Production, we are committed to developing youth leadership and artistic skill. ​

TYA values diversity, integrity, and respect. For the past 31 years the multi-generational volunteers and participating families have been the heart of our organization. Allowing us to be the place where all ages explore the theater arts.

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