‘Madagascar’ is sensationally sweet

Reviewed by Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News

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Photo Caption:From left to right: Emelia Roux (Animal Control); Kendal Fischer (Marty the Zebra); Cayden Matthews (Alex the Lion); Ivy Robinson (Reporter); Nick Chester (Mason the Chimpanzee); Alex Klischer (Melman the giraffe); and Phillip Webb (Animal Control). [Marlene Photo

   Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure,     Jr.” follows the friendship of four animals from the Central Park Zoo.
Once Alex the Lion (Cayden Matthews); Marty the Zebra (Kendal Fischer); Gloria the Hippo (Morgan Smith); and Melman the Giraffe (Alex Klischer) get to Madagascar, they meet a group of lemurs and a group of foosas. The lemurs are led by the eccentric and flamboyant King Julian, who is perfectly portrayed by Karver Shotwell. The other lead animals don’t shy away from showing their talent, either.
The actors do a fantastic job of showing the strong friendship between the four main characters. The clear bonds between them make parts of the show even more heart-wrenching, since the main conflict revolves around the fact that Alex is a predator and his friends are not. Cayden Matthews does a wonderful job of presenting the internal struggle that his character faces, while Kendal Fischer simulates the loyalty and determination that Marty needs to have for his best friend. Morgan Smith and Alex Klischer complete the group by adding sass and level-headedness to these hilarious characters.
The four cute and cuddly penguins all have contrasting personalities which are incredibly entertaining to watch. These four actors, Nicolas Cachafeiro, Wyatt Halleen, Charlie Vaughan and Maddie Crisp are all fabulous performers and were perfectly cast. They are absolutely adorable.
To go along with the sensational acting talent, there is great music and choreography. The actors are not only gifted in their acting abilities, but in their singing and dancing as well. Just about every song made me want to get up and dance. If you are familiar with the movie, you will recognize the catchy tune, “I Like to Move It.”
The show is amazingly uplifting, and it is sure to put a smile on your face.
“Madagascar — A Musical Adventure, Jr.” will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 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 for students and seniors and $8 for adults and can be purchased at www.etix.com or by calling 800-414-3849 or by visiting the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime.

Sydney Fischer is a sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School.

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