Madagascar, a Musical Adventure presented by The Royal Hippodrome Community Theatre Company, opened at The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne today and a musical adventure it was – We loved it!
Clark (3) was absolutely mesmerised by all the characters on stage, and at no point did he fidget, chat or ask for the sweets which we picked up on the way in (just for safe measures!)...
The show takes you on a journey from zoo to wild, with Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and four fantastically brought to life penguins, Skipper, Private, Kowalski and Rico. Keep an eye on these penguins, they are ‘flipping’ (sorry) hilarious to watch and each have their own quirky personalities!
From the start I knew it was going to be a fantastic show just by the striking costumes and how enthusiastic each and every member of the cast were as they burst into song. Some shows we’ve been to in the past, have always had one younger one who looks like they’ve been bribed to take part by their parents, but everyone who we watched this afternoon looked like they wanted to be there.
The cast also includes a selection of talented young lemurs, led by a hilarious King Julian and a sarcastic Maurice, who were all coordinated during the musical numbers and shined bright up on the stage. Move It Move It was an obvious success with the audience in act 2, and some members got up to dance – So if you’re going to see the show this week, make sure you move it move it and get out of your seat!
With catchy songs, audience participation and swift set changes, there is plenty to keep younger audiences entertained, plus there are a few laugh-out-loud moments for the adults too! I’ll just say pay attention to the gift Melman gives Marty for his birthday..and then how the zoo keeper responds to it!
The interval isn’t your usual sit and eat ice cream, as the characters come out into the audience and interact with the children. It was really lovely to see so many little faces light up, and the cast looked like they were having the time of their lives too! There’s plenty of time to have photos, so make sure your phone is charged!
From the smallest of lemurs and monkey, to the dancing flamingos and meat(!), you can see how much hard work and dedication the whole of The Royal Hippodrome Theatre Company has put in to this musical extravaganza.
All in all a great show and one not to be missed! If you’ve not yet booked to see the show, there are still some seats available and with the interval you’ll all have a great time! Click here to book. Enjoy!
If you've been to see the show what did you think?
P.S Hats off to Kenny Giles, he sounded remarkably like Melman from the film and his mannerisms were fantastic, plus I don’t know how he manages to walk/stand the way he does!
P.P.S Olivia and Connie, you stole the show for me xx