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.
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.
• 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.