'Madagascar Jr.'

Scout Kuehn (from front row, left), Payton Reid, Lucia Kuehn, Rachel Compton, Olivia Hill (from back row, left), Franny Heiberger, Alex Oberfoell and ElleAnna DeSollar star in the Grand Opera House youth production.

Play: “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.”

Performers: The Grand Opera House.

Times/dates: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 17-18; and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 18-19.

Site: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St.

Cost: $15 or $10 for those 18 and younger. Tickets are available from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, at the Grand Opera House box office; by calling 563-588-1305; or by visiting www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Synopsis

Bringing together a hypochondriac giraffe, a hip hippo, a crack-a-lackin’ zebra and a fame-focused lion, “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.” features the talents of second through eighth graders from the tri-states as part of the Grand’s Youth Summer Musical program. Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, this family friendly production features all the fan-favorite characters on their unexpected trip to the eponymous island and the hijinks that ensue.

Tidbits

• The production, directed and costumed by Michelle Blanchard, is limited to 50 cast members and is double-cast to ensure youth have a good experience.

• This is the third annual youth musical produced by the Grand Opera House.

• Additional staff includes Tom Taylor as music director, Garrick Johnson II (of Dreaming Allegiance) as choreographer, Emily Schleutter as props mistress and Tracey Richardson designing the set and the lighting.

Anthony Frenzel

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