Creative Kōrero, Theatre

STEPS Performing Arts is Running Wild

Talented students of STEPS Performing Arts will delight audiences of all ages with their production and invite you to escape to “Central Park Zoo” and join them on a transatlantic musical adventure.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, Paula Harrison, the director said the musical is very upbeat, fun, and colourful and will have you tapping your feet, singing and you will definitely “Like to Move it!”

The show opens in Central Park Zoo, New York with the full cast performing ‘It’s Showtime’ costumed in a 1960’s theme.  Here we meet Alex (Caley McCulloch), Marty (Aria Chiari), Gloria (Abby Ozanne) Melman (Flynn Harris), Mason (Libby Fraser), Skpper (Evita Cameron), Private (Matilda Vahey Bourne), Kowalski (Ruby Cook) and Rico (Tamsin Cleghorn) and   various New York citizen and other animals.

Marty is celebrating his 10th birthday with his friends and he longs to experience life outside of the zoo’s walls and be wild and free and leaves the Zoo with his friends unaware.  In hot pursuit Alex, Melman, Gloria, the penguins and Mason search for him in New York City but 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 – are thrown off course shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar were they meet illustrious King Julien (Shania Morrissey), Maurice (Natasha Bowen) Mort (Mia Chiari), other Lemurs and the Foosas.

“DreamWorks Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows these characters 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,” says Paula “The students of STEPS 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,” she adds.

Paula, the director says, everyone has been working extremely hard with the production and very proud of all the students. She would like to thank Helen, Mark and Beth Taylor, Emily & Aaron Cook, Pam Faulkner, Jan Gill, Stephen Brown, Gavin Steer, Denny Speer and Tina French for all their help and support with this production.

As with previous productions of STEPS we will be supporting ‘HOMES of HOPE’ and sponsor vulnerable children to come and watch a performance, which gives the children access and an opportunity to watch a musical.

Creative Kōrero, Theatre

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