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Mountainview High School pupils will soon take to the stage for their upcoming production, Madagascar a Musical Adventure Jnr. Among those who will bring the show's characters to life are, from left, Ethan Chittock (15), Liam Hooper (16) and Olivia Hubbard (17). PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

Mountainview High School drama pupils are working overtime these school holidays.

Cast members in the school production of Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr returned to the school last week to fine-tune their roles.

Despite the fact it was the start of the school holidays, there were no complaints from cast members who are looking forward to bringing the show to the school stage.

Among them is Ethan Chittock (15), who has secured one of the lead roles as Alex the lion.

It is the second lead role he has had, quite a feat for someone in year 11, school head of drama Catherine May Smith said.

Among those joining him on stage is Olivia Hubbard (17), who will play Gloria the hippo.

The aspiring singer said taking on a lead role would bring a new element to her skill set.

“It takes me out of my comfort zone,” she said.

The cast of about 70 will also feature lead roles from Liam Hooper (16), who will play Melman the giraffe, along with Jake Mason, who will perform as Marty the zebra, and Dylan Watkins (16), who will play King Julien.

It would be the first time the show had been performed in South Canterbury because the rights had just been released, Ms May Smith said.

Former Mountainview High School pupil Jess Diamond will return to the school as choreographer.

Ms May Smith said the show would feature urban hip hop “flair”, which set it apart from other shows.

“And, what’s also different about it is we are the only school in Timaru to offer music production as a class across years 9-13.”

Senior students can also gain NCEA credits by performing in the production.

The children will also take control of sound and light management during the show.

“They have a lot of input,” Ms May Smith said.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr, directed by Brent Duncan, will be performed at the school on May 16-18.