Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

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Date(s) - 04/14/2018
12:00 am

JCC Hart Theater


TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) is among the first theaters in the nation to mount a production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture about the wacky adventures of a group of animals who escape from the Central Park Zoo and unexpectedly find themselves on the island of Madagascar. The musical closely follows the plot of the first Madagascar movie, with an upbeat score including the hit song “I Like to Move It, Move It.”

Madagascar runs for two weekends only at the Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Brighton. Show dates are:

Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $16, JCC members pay $15. Group and subscriber discounts are available. Call 585-461-2000 or order on-line at

TYKEs’ cast of all-local adult professional actors is directed by Michael Krickmire and music director Jim Schmitt. In the show, Alex the lion (played by Matt Wegman) is the king of the urban jungle and the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Melman the giraffe (played on stilts by long-time TYKEs actor Matt Mayne), Marty the zebra (played by Reuben Tapp), and Gloria the hippo (played by Jenna Owens) – have spent their whole lives well-fed and in blissful captivity before an admiring public. Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and decides to make his escape from the zoo – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

“Madagascar is one of TYKEs’ biggest shows – everything about it is huge and colorful,” explains TYKEs’ director and founder Freyda Schneider. “The show bursts with boundless energy and exuberance, with our cast of 11 actors playing a host of crazy, outlandish characters that families have come to love from the movie. TYKEs’ shows are of course designed for kids, but Madagascar has no shortage of clever interjections that adults will find hilarious. With virtually non-stop dancing, singing and comedy, this really is a show that will appeal to every single member of your family. And the sets, painted by TYKEs’ artist David Daniels, are out of this world!”

The show’s script is written by Kevin Aguila, the Emmy Award-winning writer of the animated PBS show “Peg + Cat,” who also wrote the hit Off-Broadway musical Alter Boyz (New York Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations). Original music for the show was created by George Noriega and Joel Someillan, the production and writing team known as Jillipop, a children’s entertainment production company that developed music for “Dora the Explorer” and “Go Diego Go,” as well as many other projects for Nickelodeon.

Madagascar is recommended for children ages three and up. School-time shows sold out in a matter of days, so TYKEs encourages theatre-goers to purchase tickets early as they expect the weekend shows to sell out quickly.

Madagascar is the final show of TYKEs’ 14th season and is sponsored by Wegmans. Next year’s titles will be announced shortly in the spring.

TYKEs consistently ranks as the #1 Children’s Theatre Company in Rochester by, and one of the top places in all of Rochester to bring kids. TYKEs also received the Family Favorite award for Best Children’s Theatre Performances by Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine (now ROC Parent).

TYKEs is a non-profit theatre program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, created to captivate children and their families with best-loved bedtime stories, fairy tales and literature brought alive on stage by adult, professional actors. TYKEs inspires an appreciation of the arts, fosters an awareness of literature, and promotes communications and social interaction skills while teaching important life lessons. TYKEs strives to make its performances accessible to all children regardless of their ability to pay, providing complimentary tickets over the years to many organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, CP Rochester, Head Start, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and many more. TYKEs was voted number one children’s theatre and one of the top 20 greatest places to bring kids in all of Rochester for the seventh consecutive year ( and the Family Favorite for Best Children’s Theatre Performances (Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine).