Audiences ‘move it, move it’ to ‘Madagascar’ production

Shane Powers, Tyler Milicic, Randy Wysocky, Javier Vega, Sean Milicic, Caitlin Gardner and Jillian Planisek try to convince Randy Wysocky that life is best at the zoo. (Photo, Karen Cody)

By KAREN CODY

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – The Olde Towne Theatre in North Ridgeville was transformed into the Central Park Zoo and the jungles of Madagascar last week in its latest offering. “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure JR.” was brought to the stage by a talented cast, including Tyler Milicic as Alex the Lion, Randy Wysocky as Marty the Zebra, Gillian Kokai as Gloria the Hippo and Shane Powers as Melman the Giraffe.

These lovable characters took the audience on a fun journey based on the DreamWorks animated film. The show follows this group of zoo animals who are unexpectedly shipped to Africa and thrust into an exciting adventure. On the island, they meet King Jillian, played by Abby Shollenberger, who had the audience clapping and dancing to the song “I Like to Move It.”

At the end of the show, 4-year-old Gabriella Milicic was sad the entertainment was over. “During the performance she was smiling ear to ear,” her mother says. She had two brothers in the cast and was very proud of them. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, she energetically responded “All of it!”

The group started preparing for this musical in June, and it was truly a youth-led production. Sharon Godsey, president and youth director, said “These kids painted the sets, ran the light and sound booths, choreographed the dances, and we have a student director.” She added, “This is the only totally free youth theater program in the area. We take everyone who is interested and don’t charge a fee for them to participate. There is no expense to the children whatsoever to be in the production.”

Ticket sales, community patrons, donations and support from the North Ridgeville Arts Council keep the theater going. The new season will start in September with “Without a Clue.” The Olde Towne Hall Theatre will be the first group to perform this play and the writer will be on hand to assist in the production.

For tickets or information on how to get involved with this organization, call 440-327-2909 or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/OldeTowneHallTheatre.


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