Fun-filled family show: Alamance Children’s Theatre presents ‘Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Jr.’

By Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News

From left to right: Nicolas Cachafeiro (Skipper); Maddie Crisp (Private); Charlie Vaughan (Rico); and Wyatt Halleen (Kowalski) star in the Alamance Children's Theatre production of "Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr." [Marlene Photo}

   Alamance Children’s Theatre will bring the animated movie,   ”Madagascar,” to life on the Paramount Theater stage starting Oct. 19,   2018.
“Madagascar — A Musical Adventure, Jr.” will be quite a bit different   compared to the movie because it adds something special to the story.
“The addition of all the songs and dancing makes it really different and   really unique compared to the movie. It probably makes it more   entertaining than the movie because of that added oomph,” said   Hollyann Gardner, an ensemble member and a Teens & 20s writer.
The show consists of many morals, lessons and themes. It is centered   around four animals who are close to one another, so this introduces   prominent themes of friendship.
Say Sink, the director of the musical, said that “Madagascar teaches   kids that you can find a home anywhere, as long as you are with the ones   you love.”
Hollyann Gardner also added that “it teaches kids to value their friends and to treat people the same, even if they are different.”
The show is enjoyable for people of all ages, but especially so for younger audience members.
“It’s fun for ages up to 105,” Sink said.
“It’s a high-quality show that’s great for families,” said Rachel Ealy, assistant director and stage manager. “It’s live so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The music and show in general is wonderful and this is the best way to experience the story.”
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 2018; 2 p.m. Oct. 20-21; 7 p.m. Oct. 26-27; and 2 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $7 to $8 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-514-3849 or visiting the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime. For more details, visit

Sydney Fischer is a sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School.

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