Theatre ArchivesMadagascar – A Musical Adventure JR

Louw Mulder10 months ago8 min

Get ready for a musical adventure of a lifetime! 

Jill Girard and Keith Smith are delighted to bring to life for the very first time on stage at The People’s Theatre, the popular Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR, providing children, parents and all those with a love of joy and laughter, the ideal family entertainment over the coming winter months.

Be careful What you wish for, a few escapees from the Central Park Zoo quickly find out that living in the wild Is ………. Well, a pretty wild experience!

The show runs through the June/July school holidays, with the final performance on Sunday, 4th August 2019.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated film, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the Lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends — Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo — have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them.

Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape — with the help of some prodigious penguins — to explore the world,

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR is directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith, with Musical Direction by Dale Scheepers, Musical Staging by Sandy (Dyer) Richardson and Set & Lighting Design by Grant Knottenbelt.

One of People’s Theatre’s favorite performers, Luciano Zuppa, will be playing Alex the Lion. He’s a fun-loving fella whose devotion to steak is matched only by his devotion to his friends. Marty the Zebra will be played by the energetic Thokozani Jiyane, who has  dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Joëlle Rochecouste, a newcomer to the People’s Theatre, will be bringing her fresh and vibrant flair to Gloria the Hippopotamus, who is a bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she’s with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman.

Marvin Molepo, who charmed us as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, will be playing Melman the kind-hearted Giraffe who is a bit of a hypochondriac. He’s always just a little bit nervous, but when it comes down to it, he’ll rise to the occasion.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR

People’s Theatre at Joburg Theatre

Sunday 9 June to Sunday 4 August 2019

(Previews take place from 3rd June)

Mondays to Fridays at 9am and 11am,

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays at 10:30am and 2.30pm

Ticket prices are R140 for general public or R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information).

Discounts for school bookings apply, with tickets being R80 per person.

For bookings, call Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or email

Otherwise you can book online at or through Webtickets.

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