On Sale to FlexTix – July 3
On Sale to the Public – July 10

Someone’s Got a Zoo Loose!

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!”

Modeled after the Junior Theater Festival Experience, our For Kids By Kids Summer Camps are designed to blend our skills-based and performance classes. Not only will students work on a JR. or Kids length production (minus the technical elements) but also receive intensives in acting, singing, and dancing at camp. With only the tools of the actor (imagination, body, voice) our summer camp productions are performed in the great tradition of Shakespeare’s Old Globe, using nothing but a bare stage, simple lighting, and team-work to effectively tell a great story. With only a two-week commitment, this is a great introduction for families interested in trying theater training for the first time, and also excellent continued practice for the experienced young actor, and those who are considering auditioning for our Performance Team, and competing with us at Junior Theater Festival.

Opens: Friday, July 28, 2023
Closes: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture

FRIDAY | JULY 28 | 6:00PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public July 10.
All Tickets: $15.

Direction | LIESL CRUZ
Music Direction | EDDIE CARNEY

DreamWorks’ • Madagascar (Junior Edition)

Enrollment will be re-open June 12-23 (or until we reach capacity)
Who: Any student who will have completed 5th-12th grade is invited to enroll, regardless of experience level. We encourage you to enroll early, as we are expecting to reach capacity quickly, and a wait-list will be implemented once all spots are filled. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition.
How: Starting Monday, June 12, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, June 23, 2023, or until we reach our maximum capacity, whichever happens first. Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive an email confirmation with more details. NOTE: Audition information is only available to enrolled & waitlisted students. You will receive those details in your confirmation email once we receive your tuition payment.
Where: All rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios at Grace, 9400 Ellerbe Road, until we move to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse to perform.
Cost: $350.00 tuition due no later than June 23, 2023. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our summer camp, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SoPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s skill-level and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted before the start of camp. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. All students interested in our camps and classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for its success. No absences are allowed during our two weeks of camp.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT.

Sunday, June 25th 2:00pm-5:00pm | Audition workshop for enrolled & wait-listed students
**Enrollment will be capped once we reach our threshold, so sign up early!

WEEK ONE – Stage Center Studios
MON, July 17 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
TUE, July 18 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
WED, July 19 – 2:00-6:00pm
THU, July 20 – 2:00-6:00pm
FRI, July 21 – 2:00-6:00pm

WEEK TWO – Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
MON, July 24 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
TUE, July 25 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
WED, July 26 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
THU, July 27 – 2:00pm-6:00pm
FRI, July 27 – 2:00pm-6:00pm | 6pm GO (Opening/Performance #1)
SAT, July 28 – 1:00 Call, 2:00 GO (Perf. #2)
+STRIKE/LOAD-OUT (Mandatory for all cast/crew members, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan to stay an extra 30 minutes to clean out spaces/return any props)


Meet Your Camp Staff

Liesl Cruz - Camp Director

Liesl Cruz – Director of Education for Stage Center’s SoPA and active performer in the Shreveport/Bossier arts community, Liesl moved to Shreveport 8 years ago and quickly found her way into the very active art scene.

An avid performer and educator she has more than 30 years of experience in the arts, 20 of which has been devoted to the education of children, youth, and adults. In addition to serving as DoE for Stage Center and teaching Levels 1 & 2 of Triple Threat, and Levels 3 & 4 of acting, Liesl also owns her own private voice studio, serves as a staff musician for FUMC, and performs regularly with the Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Little Theatre, the Emmet Hook Center, and of course Stage Center. Most recently you will have seen her in Shreveport Opera’s Date Night as a variety of eccentric characters or Emmet Hook Center’s The Sound of Music as none other than Maria Von Trapp.

She holds a MS in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Music & the Visual Arts from Indiana University, a BM in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, is certified in all three levels of Somatic Voicework™ , and continues her education by attending workshops and seminars in all topics related to the theater arts as she is able.

Nothing brings Liesl more joy than watching her students gain confidence as they work to develop their Triple Threat skills and fall in love with the art of Story Telling.

Eddie Carney - Music Director

Eddie Carney is a music director, conductor, and accompanist based out of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Beginning his career at the age of fourteen, Eddie’s credits span the entire musical theatre canon from Show Boat to Chicago to Shrek the Musical. His touring credits include Legally Blonde (MD ’22-’23 / Associate Music Director 2019), South Pacific (MD), An American in Paris (MD), and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (AMD).

In August 2022, Eddie had the honor of serving as Associate Music Director of A Chorus Line directed by original 1975 Broadway cast member, Baayork Lee, in Tokyo, Japan.

This fall Eddie will return to the road as Music Director for the first national tour of The Cher Show. Other credits include: Caroline or Change, Ragtime, Carousel, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, La Cage aux Folles, Finian’s Rainbow, Sunday in the Park with George. While living in New York City, he accompanied platinum recording artist Josh Groban and Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden).

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Eddie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Ashland University.

Sarah Lord - Choreographer

Sarah Lord Holoubek is a musical theatre performer, director, choreographer and improviser. She is a proud Shreveport native who will graduate from Northwestern State University this May with a Bachelor’s in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre and in Performance & Directing. She has performed in many shows with Stage Center and was most recently seen in Spring Awakening during the pandemic.

Sarah has been doing theatre non-stop for the past 10 years of her life. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and has extensively studied tap, ballet, jazz, modern in Louisiana, New York and Canada. She has also trained in musical theatre at the York Theatre program Off-Broadway in NYC and has studied at the Stella Adler Summer Conservatory. While at college, she was a co-director of the Make Your Own Theatre Troupe where she taught music and choreography and was a leader among her student body. She was also the co-captain of NSU’s improv troupe and taught workshops to high schoolers at Thespians. She has directed and choreographed her colleagues in several shows, most recently a dark comedy, The Totalitarians. She just finished performing as Mrs. Smith in The Bald Soprano in Natchitoches. Before our camp starts, Sarah will be performing at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio for the third summer in a row.

It is Sarah’s mission as a choreographer to make the creative process accessible, inclusive and fun for students of all types of different backgrounds and abilities.

“‘I Like to Move It Move It’ is the absolute highlight of the show, totally bringing the house down! This is truly a treat for all ages…” – London Review

“One of Dreamworks’ funniest cartoons has been taken and magic’ed up an all-singing, all-dancing, musical delight.” – Sardines Magazine

“The kids loved it from the start and couldn’t stop talking about it as we left.” – Box Office Bloggers


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.
Gender: male Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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.
Gender: male Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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.
Gender: female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: Eb4

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.
Gender: male Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: E3

The Penguins
The Penguins are a group of birds on a mission: bust out of the zoo and return home to Antarctica. Skipper serves as the captain of the group, giving orders with ease and command. Kowalski is Skipper’s second-in-command and a dutiful one at that. Rico is the brute of the group and can karate chop anything in sight. Private’s primary job in the group is to maintain the cute and fuzzy disguise. Cast these four primary roles with performers who work well together. This is a fun opportunity to cast your youngest performers.
Gender: any

The Zookeepers
The Zookeepers introduce the crowds to all the sights and attractions of the Central Park Zoo. Zookeeper Zelda, Zookeeper Zeke and Zookeeper Zoe are perfect parts for proficient musicians and actors who can express a real excitement and passion for the animals. Zelda has a large solo in the opening, so cast your best singer amongst the Zookeepers in that role.
Gender: any Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: B3

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.
Gender: male

The Lemurs
The Lemurs are a wild band of creatures native to Madagascar trying desperately to avoid being eaten by the cat-like creatures called the Fossa. King Julien is their leader and the perfect part for the comedian of your company who can sing, dance, act and has intuitive comedic timing. Maurice is King Julien’s assistant who is not so welcoming to Madagascar’s new inhabitants. This part is perfect for an actor who can convey distrust and disinterest while still being a powerful second-in-command to King Julien. Mort is the littlest of the Lemurs, who can barely speak. Find a young, small, sweet performer who possesses a sense of comedy. Lynn, Lew, Lee and Lars are fun smaller roles for young actors with bold personalities.
Gender: any Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: A3

The Foosa
The Fossa are cat-like predators with an appetite for Lemurs! The Fossa Leader is the biggest and baddest of the Fossa and is feared by most of the creatures in Madagascar. Cast an actor who has a great imagination for creating a larger-than-life creature who can strike fear with one look. For the rest of Fossa, choose an ensemble that can create a dominating pack of predators.
Gender: any

Servers #1, #2 and #3 are imagined servers in Alex’s dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! Cast three performers who can both dance and sing well and work as a unit well together.
Gender: any Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

The Lionesses
The Lionesses are a group of lady lions and Alex’s background singers and dancers. These are great featured roles for dancers.
Gender: female

Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship’s Captain
Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship’s Captain are all great cameo roles with speaking lines. Remember! No role is too small, and each one serves to create the larger picture of the world of Madagascar JR., so cast a colorful group of characters in these fun roles.
Gender: any

New Yorkers and Animals
The New Yorkers and Animals are two separate ensemble groups that are essential for setting up the world of the Central Park Zoo. Remind these groups to be bold, specific and full of energy to kick off the show with a bang!
Gender: any