Madagascar Jr.

Madagascar Jr. takes the stage at the Mansfield Playhouse starting June 7.

MANSFIELD – Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. will open at the Mansfield Playhouse on June 7 and run until June 23.

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 motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. follows all of your favorite 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.

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

The cast features the Zoosters: Alex the Lion played by Cameron Wertz, Marty the Zebra played by Brenda Rose, Melman the Giraffe played by Joshua Carpenter and Gloria the Hippo played by Emalie Green. The Penguins are played by Carson Saurers, Mason Saurers, Payne Schwartz and Blake Schwartz. Mason the Chimpanzee is played by Gavin Beck. King Julien is played by J.T. Viscioni.

Lemurs played by Anna Ankrum as Mort, Austin Michel as Maurice and Kaydelyn Becker, Claire O’Brien, Natalie Smtih and Leandra Viscioni. The Foosa are played by Samuel Hergatt, Ian Hergatt, Blaze Roberts and Liam Paxton. The cast is rounded out by Bella Rayburn, Deanna Boyd, Elina Gilland, Emma Hamm, Emma Hutchison-Deehr, Kameron Puster, Kylee Kent, Layla Taylor, Paityn Hall, Reagyn Cox and Rowyn Osborn.

Performances of the play will take place June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday June 23 at 2:30 p.m. The Mansfield Playhouse box office is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm at 419-522-2883. Tickets are also available online at

Madagascar Jr. is sponsored by: Mechanics Bank, Jay Industries, Richland Source, MindBody Align and the Summertime Kids Grant from the Richland Foundation and a grant provided by the Richland County Youth & Family Council.

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