Athletic Arts presents 'Madagascar' musical

By Jennifer Cohron
Posted 3/13/18

Athletic Arts Center's annual spring musical will be held in downtown Jasper on Saturday."Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr." is planned as a free event for families. "Because this show takes …

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Athletic Arts presents 'Madagascar' musical

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Athletic Arts Center's annual spring musical will be held in downtown Jasper on Saturday.

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr." is planned as a free event for families. 

"Because this show takes place in Central Park, taking this performance outside seemed like a natural fit," said Maria Ross Campsey, owner of Athletic Arts Center. 

The performance will begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

It is being sponsored by Walker County Arts Alliance, Bevill State Community College, the City of Jasper and Jasper Main Street. Grant funding has been provided by the Walker Area Community Foundation. 

"We thought it would be something fun to try. I contacted the (Walker County) Arts Alliance to see if they would be interested in partnering with us, and they were. Then we wrote a grant to help pay for it because we wanted it to be a free production," Campsey said.

As part of the collaboration, several downtown restaurants are offering specials on Saturday for families who want to picnic on the Square.

"It's definitely a group effort. This is what the arts should be in a community — different groups working together to make it happen," Campsey said.

In the event of rain, the performance will be moved to Rowland Hall on BSCC's Jasper campus.

The show will include 18 performers who will be acting, singing and dancing along to songs from the popular Dreamworks movie. 

Audience members will be encouraged to get up and get moving at the end for the final performance of "I Like to Move It."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, although some seating will be provided.

Performers will be available after the show for photos.

"They've got some pretty cool costumes, so we want people to be able to meet the cast and get a photo if they want," Campsey said.