The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts. Youtheatre is open to all area youth in grades 1-12.

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Grades 3-5, your spring production will be none other than

Performances: March 11 & 12, 2022

Director: Samantha Henry • Music Director: Erica Bickhart  • Choreographer : Lindsay Taylor

Auditions for the on-stage cast will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Monday, January 17 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts located at 200 W. Main Cross Street in Findlay. Check-in will begin 30 mins before auditions begin. Callbacks, if needed, will be Wednesday, January 19 at 6 p.m.

All students in grades 3-5 who wish to audition or apply for the technical crew must register and complete the required forms.

Students only need to attend one day of auditions. Those auditioning for the on-stage cast need to come prepared for movement. Youth interested in technical crew will only need to register below.

Masks are required!

All youth participating in the production (as an on-stage cast member or technical crew member) and their parents must attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, January 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Informational packets will be handed out and questions will be answered. All on-stage cast members will be measured for costumes. A read-through of the script will continue for the on-stage cast members until 7:30 p.m.

Youtheatre strives to teach the importance of commitment, therefore, attendance and punctuality are documented and may affect future Youtheatre participation.

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.  

REHEARSALS are 6 – 7:30 pm Monday - Thursday beginning Monday, January 24. We will also practice on select Sundays in February and March. Dress rehearsals will be held nightly during the week of the show and are mandatory for all cast/crew members. Students may not be needed at every rehearsal. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be released after casting which will attempt to comply with any listed conflicts. Masks are required!

PARTICIPATION FEES: All youth participating in the production must pay the following participation fee according to their role in the production: $60 for on-stage cast members and $25 for technical crew members.

PARENT COMMITMENT: Youtheatre is a family affair! At the parent meeting on Thursday, January 20 at 6pm, parents will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours on pre-show and show-week parent committees. Committees cover every aspect of producing a show, including building and painting sets, costumes, backstage supervisors, dressing room supervisors, cast party and many more. Our shows would not be possible without the dedication and investment of each family!

Masks are required at all time for all participants!



  • Alex

Alex, the lion, is the main attraction at the Central Park Zoo and undoubtedly “The King of New York City.” He’s a fun-loving fella whose devotion to steak is matched only by his devotion to his friends. Cast a great singer and actor but most importantly, someone who has that magnetic quality of a showman. 

  • Marty

Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Cast a young man who is a solid singer and actor who also possesses a sweet disposition. You want your audience to root for Marty. He should be a perfect complement to Alex. 

  • Gloria

Gloria, the hippopotamus, is a bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she’s with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman. This a great part for a performer who can act, sing and who can serve as the caretaker of the group. 

  • Melman

Melman is a 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 situation. Pick a performer who can sing well but more notably, can carve out this comedic part with strong acting choices. 

  • Mason

Mason is a chimpanzee with a bone to pick: though highly intelligent, his species seems to get a bad reputation for being simpleminded, and he takes that quite personally. This is a great acting role for a performer who can make bold choices from the get-go. 

  • The Penguins
  • The Zookeepers
  • The Lemurs
  • The Foosa
  • Servers
  • The Lionesses
  • Cameraman
  • Candy Hammernose
  • Passerby
  • Old Lady
  • Police Officers #1 and #2
  • Animal Control Officers
  • Newspaper Man
  • Ship's Captain
  • New Yorkers and Animals

Grades K-2 Showcase: The Theatre Toolbox

Join us for this two-week workshop series that will teach your students all the tools they will need to become a well-rounded performer.  We will end our time together with a showcase for family and friends on Friday, May 27.

May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26 & performance on the 27

  • Group A:  5:30-6:15 p.m.
  • Group B:  6:30-7:15 p.m.

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