Madagascar Jr

At the Nuart Theatre — February 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 and March 2

Directed by Heather McPhie

Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. 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.
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 — Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the Hippo — 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.
Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar Jr. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Cast List for Madagascar Jr.

Alex: Shelby Carson

Marty: Jeb Adams

Melman: Tyler Gailey

Gloria: Laura McPhie

Zookeepers: Teegan Weaver, Martha Arnold, Sarah Arnold, Abby Thornley, Maggie Phillips, Hyrum Arnold

Penguins: Tyra Fullmer, Jadey Phillips, Kiera Evans, Alison Goodworth, Lydia McPhie, Emma Poulter

Mason: Ceciley Walker

King Julian: Cooper Hanson

Maurice: Kayla Pack

Little Lemurs: Grant Nelson, Matthew Gailey, Ryker Walker, Emeline Gunter, Benson Arnold, Joseph Barbre, Lincoln Goodworth, Eli Berg

Lemurs: Emily Gailey, Tanner Hanson, Harmony Hanson, Molly Whyte, Brooklyn Goodworth, Savannah Walker, Ariana Robinson, Gracie Scherbinske, Rylee Ybarguen, Jack Palmer, Shane McPhie, Jacob McPhie, Brighton Goodworth, Emmett Williams, Kimball Williams, Nathan Barbre, Amber Barbre, Shaileigh Lee, Jaicee McCullar-Lee, CeeJai McCullar Lee, Brecken Weaver, Ansley Weaver, Amber DeGiulio, LaRee Hanson, Nathan Gailey

New Yorkers: Adelynn Bond, Macey Phillips, Tyler Barnes, Chloe Perry, Kylee Kent, McKadie Stott, Jazlyn Vargas, Willow Bettilyou, Shaquelie Kelly, Makynlee Bishop, Evelyn Jess, Aurora Bettilyou, Emma Bettilyou, Khianna Vargas, Ashlynn West, Klara Blight, Tricia Phillips, Aubrey Phillips, Emma Arnold, Maylee Stewart, Kaysia Horne, Sara Gunter, Iziah Vargas, Kash Stoddart, Liam Martin


Heather McPhie grew up in Bingham County before graduating from Brigham Young University (Provo) and moving to New York. She happily brought her family to Blackfoot in 2006 and began volunteering at the Nuart Theater not long afterward. Recently she has enjoyed directing BCP’s younger performers in Musical Theater International Junior productions for school-age students. She has seven children, a supportive husband, a crazy cat, and the best parents.



Shelby is a senior at Blackfoot High School. She has been in multiple plays in her life, too many to name or count. Her life is basically a musical itself. She loves the acting and singing experiences but what keeps bringing her back to more plays are the friendships she develops in them all. They basically become family to her. If you get the opportunity to be in a play, do it. She’s grown out of her stage fright because of them. When she steps on stage she doesn’t care what other people think and can be whatever she wants to be.


Jeb is an 8th grader at Mountain View Middle School. He Jeb Adams has been in many plays including Willy Wonka-Oompa Loompa, Wicked is as Wicked Does-Prince Pleasant, Frozen Jr.-Oaken the Wandering Salesmen, Shrek Jr.-Peter Pan, and now Madagascar-Marty the Zebra. He loves doing plays and suggests that if you get the chance to do one, you should.  They are super fun and very entertaining. Jeb is very excited to be in this play and was super happy when he got this part. He hopes that you will all come to the play and have a great time watching Madagascar.


Meet Kayla Pack! She is a senior at Blackfoot High School. Kayla has been performing and singing for 6 years now. She has participated in six Nuart Theatre musicals and two Blackfoot High School musicals. Kayla adores being on stage and the memories created with fellow cast members whom she loves dearly! From being a chef, a bird girl, a mermaid, and a mom to currently being Maurice (Madagascar) and a lost boy (Peter Pan, BHS), she has been fortunate to play a variety of roles! She has loved every second of it and has been blessed with AMAZING directors! She feels grateful for having the chance to do what she loves most.


Cooper “Dawg” Hanson is a freshman at Blackfoot High School. He is the kid always looking for the next fun thing. He’s taken gymnastics since he was 5 years old and he now coaches for The Kirk Academy. He’s very athletic and loves to play soccer. Cooper is very talented in music and loves his guitar! This year he decided to try his rhythmic abilities and is taking a hip hop class and having a great time. Other interests are guitar, longboarding, football, skateboarding, and this year snowboarding.


Tyler Gailey is a senior at Blackfoot High School. He has been in several productions at the NUART and BPAC. Most notably he played the role of Mr. Bucket for Willy Wonka Jr. in 2018. He has also been in the chorus for plays such as Peter Pan Jr, Footloose, and The Sound of Music. When Tyler isn’t on stage, he can usually be found at the fire station working toward being certified as an EMT.


Laura McPhie is a Junior at Idaho Virtual Academy and runs Cross Country with Blackfoot High School. Attending an online school means that Laura can study and sing at the same time, and her mom is frequently heard to say, “Stop singing and do your homework.” Beginning at the age of 10, Laura has acted in many plays at the Nuart Theater, including Annie, The Great Ice Cream Scheme, 42nd Street, The Little Mermaid Jr, Seussical Jr, Peter Pan Jr, and Willy Wonka Jr.


Ceciley Walker is 14 years old and a freshman at Blackfoot High School. She has lived in Blackfoot her whole life. She has done over 12 plays, and in November she made competed in Idaho’s statewide drama competition. One of her favorite roles she has played is the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. Besides Madagascar, she’s currently participating in the BHS production of Clue and Peter Pan.

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