Madagascar Comes to the Stage in Longview

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious plotting penguins later this month as they bound onto ArtsView Children’s Theatre’s stage, Longview.

Based on the 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.

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 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.

Performances will be held July 26 to 28 at 7 p.m. with matinee performances on July 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. All performances will be located at ArtsView Children’s Theatre, 313 West Tyler Street in downtown Longview.

Tickets are $12 online or $15 by phone, in the office, or at the door. To purchase tickets, for more information about this production, or to find out more about the 2018 Season or PATHS (Performing Arts THeatre School), visit ArtsView’s website at Show sponsorships are available by emailing

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR. is directed by Kaitlin de Graffenried. Joining Kaitlin on the crew will be Artistic Director/Production Manager Michelle Norris; Stage Manager Jessica Smith; Summer Technical Director, Set Designer & Master Carpenter Judah Armour; Music Director Mark Roedel; Assistant Music Director Paige Bagley; Assistant Stage Manager Lexie Jones; Choreographer Blake Lovelace; Scenic Painter Caryn Pepper; Hair/Makeup Designer Paige Feldhauser; Costume Designer Kelsey McFall; Properties Designer Penne Duke; Assistant Costume Designer & Properties Liaison Irene Nguyen; Lighting Designer & Lighting Operator Harrison Norris; Sound Designer & Sound Operator James Ward. Production Assistants are April McFall, Nathan Olson, and Lisa Brown.  Production Apprentices are Isaac Berryhill, Danielle Wooden, and Abigail Volle.

The cast of the Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR is:


Alex the Lion – Ben Hatfield (Gladewater)

Marty the Zebra – Nathan Bachtell (White Oak)

Gloria the Hippo – Julianna Moore (Longview)

Melman the Giraffe – Christopher Norris (Longview)


Skipper – Hannah Webber (Longview)

Kowalski – Luke Berryhill (Marshall)

Private – Mykey “Bug” Feldhauser (White Oak)

Rico – Jack Rectenwald (Longview)


King Julian – Devon Jetton (Big Sandy)

Mort/ Zoo guest – Bryce Socoteanu (Longview)

Maurice – Evan Johnson (Longview)


Zookeeper Zelda/ Police/ Foosa – Erin Bagley (White Oak)

Zookeeper Zeke/ Passerby/ Foosa – Chandler Reagh (Longview)

Zookeeper Zoe/ Police/ Lemur Lew – Julya Socoteanu (Longview)

Lioness #1/ Steak/ Wild Foosa – Maleigh-Saige Feldhauser (White Oak)

Lioness #2/ Steak/ Wild Foosa – Cecily Bowman (Winnsboro)

Lemur Lee/ Zoo guest – Ewan Bowman (Winnsboro)

Lemur Lyn/ Zoo guest/ Cameraman – Sophia Yastrebov (Longview)

Lemur Lars/ Zoo guest/ Old Lady – Karma Weers (Daingerfield)

Mason/Foosa – David Hernandez (Longview)

Newspaper Man/ Zoo guest/ Foosa – Caleb Livingston (Longview)

Candy Hammernose/ Zoo guest/ Foosa – Piper Ward (Longview)

Zoo guest/ Foosa – Pete Silverthorne (Longview)

New York Nun/ Zoo guest/ Foosa – Ariana Evans (Marshall)

Head Foosa/ Animal Control – Seth Pasel – (Longview)

Ship’s Captain and Subway Announcer voices/ Zoo Worker – Dakin Lovelace (White Oak)

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