• Emerald Coast Theatre Company Stages Two Educational Productions In April

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    April 05, 2021
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is putting the “m” in musical comedy by staging two educational musical comedy performances in April. 
    “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” will be staged in two locations. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at ECTC’s performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Florida Chautauqua Theater in DeFuniak Springs. 
    Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  This hilarious show 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.
    With book by Kevin Del Aguila, original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan, this adventurous musical comedy production is performed by our fantastic education program students. The “big player” cast includes Mary-Louise McGhee (Alex), Gabriella Hawk (Marty), Zetta Skiles (Gloria) and Bernadette Franklin (Melman). The “little” cast includes Archer Hale (Alex), John Kerrigan (Marty), Piper Dobbins (Gloria) and Maggie Kerrigan (Melman). 
    Direction, music direction, costumes and props are by Tara Padgett. Set design and lighting is by Rebeca Lakes with stage management by Madi McCall.
    “Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.” will be staged Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
    The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. “Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.” is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and crowd pleasing dance numbers all performed by our talented ECTC thespian teens.
    With book by Julian Fellowes, original Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, this show is directed by Phillip Padgett. Set and lighting design is by Rebeca Lake; costumes and props are by Tara Padgett, who also provides music direction. Stage management is by Madi McCall. 
    The cast features more than 50 ECTC thespians divided into two companies. Among the cast members are Claire Taylor and Ava Moreland as Mary Poppins and Will Mustain and Rylan Shaffer as Bert. The Banks children are performed by Duncan Rivard and Sean Rushford (Michael), Tabitha Sheldon and Selah Metzger (Jane), Beckett Rhea and Tate Bailey (George) and Ryhan Heller and Julianna Pace (Winifred). 
    “Watching their confidence and skill level grow as they take the stage and make it their own is a magical experience as an educator,” says Anna Fisher, ECTC co-founder/associate artistic and education director. “They are learning so much more than singing and dancing—they are learning teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and perseverance.”
    Tickets for Educational Program shows are as follows: ECTC Kids Program tickets are $12 in advanced and $15 at the door; ECTC Teen Program tickets are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. Ages 4 and under are free, must sit on an adult's lap.
    ECTC’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Hospitality, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council. The Education Program is made possible with generous support from the Cultural Arts Alliance. 
    To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
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