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Registration NOW OPEN
for our Spring '23 Production!

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to register for our
FREE Audition Workshop!


Do you dream of being part of an incredible international theater festival, digging deeper into their art, and sharing their gifts with the community? The Kettleworks Traveling Players are for you!

Travel team members will perform at the

Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA,

and every member will be given an excellent,

in-depth performing arts education. It is our goal to connect with our local community through our travel team as safe opportunities arise.

** Our 22-23 KTP team has been cast**

but come back soon for 23-24 details.

An info meeting will be held in Spring 2023 for 

next year's team.


In the meantime, follow our adventures at JTF West '23

on Facebook & Instagram!

Join us for our Spring '23 production of

Madagascar JR!

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and a group of hilarious plotting penguins have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity at New York's Central Park Zoo. But when Marty yearns to experience "the wild" first-hand it leads the whole crew into an unexpected adventure.


 Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR.  follows all the crack-a-lackin friends as they escape from the zoo but face some surprises in the madcap world of King Julian's Madagascar.

Filled with adventure, outlandish characters, and fabulously energetic songs, Madagascar JR. will make everyone want to "Move It, Move It!"


This production is open to performers in

Kindergarten* - 12th grade. 

* There will be a mini company option for performers in Kindergarten & 1st grade.

Please EMAIL US if you are interested

in mini company.

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Directed & Choreographed by: Jennifer Kessler

Music Directed by: Kathryn Dean

Age/Grade Levels: Performers grades K-12. Performers in grades K - 1st will be part of our mini company.

Audition Dates: January 28-29, 2023   View Audition Details HERE

Performance Dates:  May 4-5, 2023 (Be sure to keep May 6th free for our cast party!!)

Rehearsal Dates: 

Mandatory Rehearsal/Tech Week Dates:  April 22 - May 5, 2023 

                   NOTE - Tech Week (May 1-5, 2023) involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Weekly Rehearsal Details: 

  Saturday, February 4th, TBA afternoon hours

  Saturday, February 11th, TBA afternoon hours

 Beginning March 1st :

   Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM  

   Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, 12:30 - 5:30 PM ** Please note that Saturdays will vary but will stay within this time window. 

  - A full schedule will be provided to registered performers the week after auditions.

  - Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's role. 

Tuition: $465.00 per performer 

  Payment plans available (Pay in Full -or- Two Installments)


  80+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Full Performance of Madagascar JR.

  Ample stage time for every performer

  Professional script & music tracks

  Show T-shirt 

  Technical items required for productions

Performers Must Provide:

  Dance shoes (TBD - either jazz or ballet shoes)

  Dance tights & undershirts / shorts for performance

  Personal makeup & hair products

Special Notes: 

The final performances will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers, staff, and volunteers. Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen illness or emergency all performers will attend every required rehearsal. 

* At KPA we firmly believe that every arts experience is vibrant and important. We use our performers to their fullest potential and believe that every member of the Company, and every single role in a story, is vital to a show's success. We do not support role shopping and therefore do not give refunds of any kind for tuition.

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MadagascaJR Show info
Character Descriptions


Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture

Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Original Music & Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan

MADAGASCAR JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplies by MTI.

We always encourage our students to arrive as prepared as possible for auditions, and we love providing the right tools! Check out the show info below - it's everything you need to build your confidence before you arrive!


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 the 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 is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends, Marty, Melman, and Gloria have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. However, hearing the call of "the wild" - and not content to leave well enough alone - Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape.  His friends pursue him through the streets and tunnels of NYC before one mishap after another lands them on a mysterious ship.  With the help of some prodigious penguins they are able to land safely in Madagascar, only to find that life in "the wild" is full of unexpected surprises.  Through navigating the challenges of avoiding Foosas the friends are taken under the wing of the glorious King Julian and his lemurs.  But the adventure may cost more than just regular meals!

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave performers and audience alike with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Character Descriptions

Alex the Lion:  

  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. This role requires a

Vocal range: A3 - Eb5

Marty the Zebra:

   Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Best friends with Alex, Marty loves adventure but loves his friends even more.  A spunky and sweet character, this role calls for strong acting & singing plus awesome stage presence. 

Vocal range: A3 - D5

Gloria the Hippo:

    A bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she’s with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman. Full of sass and strength, Gloria approaches every challenge with calm and charisma.

Vocal range: Eb4 - E5

Melman the Giraffe:

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. Strong comedic acting and focus in order to play the "straight man" in a comedy scene is required for this role.

Vocal range: E3 - Db5

The Penguins

The Penguins are a group of birds on a mission: bust out of the zoo and return home to Antarctica.  An amazing group dynamic and tons of energy are required for these roles. We will be looking for a group of penguins that work extremely well together.

Skipper:  Serves as the captain of the group, giving orders with ease and command.

Kowalski:  Skipper’s second-in-command and a dutiful one at that.

Rico: The brute of the group, Rico can karate chop anything in sight.

Private:  Private’s primary job in the group is to maintain the cute and fuzzy disguise. 

Vocal range: C4 - E5

Zookeeper Zelda, Zookeeper Zeke, Zookeeper Zoe:

  The Zookeepers have a very important task as they introduce the crowds to all the sights and attractions of the Central Park Zoo at the top of our show.  Strong stage presence and the ability to toggle between speaking and singing as a narrator are necessary for these roles.

Vocal range: B3 - G4


  A chimpanzee with a bone to pick, though Mason is highly intelligent, his species seems to get a bad reputation for being simpleminded, and he takes that quite personally. A great acting role, Mason requires a performer who can make bold choices. 

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 Foosa.

King Julien: The leader of the lemurs and an extremely bold, colorful character, King Julien is excited to welcome you to HIS world! This lemur truly loves a party, and all the power that comes with being King.  An extremely bold actor with strong singing and dancing skills is required for this role. 

Maurice: King Julien’s second-in-command, Maurice is not so welcoming to Madagascar’s new inhabitants. Distrustful and suspicious, this role calls for nuanced acting skills.

Mort: The littlest of the Lemurs, who can barely speak. A cute, sweet personality and good comedic timing are needed for this role.

Lynn, Lew, Lee, Lars:  Bold and silly lemurs who follow King Julien's lead

Vocal range: A3 - B4

The Foosa

The Foosa are cat-like predators with an appetite for Lemurs! The Foosa Leader is the biggest and baddest of the Foosa and is feared by most of the creatures in Madagascar. Actors who can commit to bold physical acting are needed for these roles.


One of the most fun aspects of this show is all the colorful roles showcased in the story! These roles appear in specific portions of the story and bring life to the spectacular world of Madagascar JR.  Most performers cast in these roles will play additional roles.

** Some of these roles may be cast during the rehearsal process.

Servers #1, #2 and #3/Dancing Steak:  "Fantasy" servers and steaks appear in Alex’s dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! Strong dancers are required for these roles.

Vocal range: D4 - D5

The Lionesses: A group of lady lions and Alex’s background singers and dancers. Strong singing and dancing skills are required for these roles.

New Yorker Cameos: Fun cameo roles that bring the world of NYC to life, all of these roles have great moments in the spotlight and require lots of energy and bold choices.


Candy Hammernose 


Old Lady

Police Officer #1 and #2

Animal Control Officers

Newspaper Man

Ship's Captain


In order to be part of Madagascar JR. it is necessary for every interested performer to attend auditions. All who audition for the full production will be given a role.


First round - Saturday, January 28, 2023 (Times TBA soon)

Callbacks - Sunday, January 29, 2023
(specific callback slots between 12:00 - 4:00 PM will be determined after Saturday's audition)


* Please prepare 45-60 seconds of a musical theatre style song. (Performers are welcome to choose a song from any musical, including Madagascar JR.)

Each performer will perform his/her song individually and we will also conduct a workshop-style group audition including a group song, improvisation activities, acting sides from Madagascar JR. and a dance portion.

* We highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion.

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want to hear YOU!

               * We highly recommend using a background track or live accompaniment as opposed to singing a capella*

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Audition Details

Audition Materials

We want to help young performers to feel confident at auditions! Please check out the materials below to help your performer prepare. We know they will blow us away!

Read over portions of the script and sheet music for each character

This is the Audition Central page of the Music Theatre International website. To view materials for our show, scroll down until you see the option to "Select a Show". Click on "Madagascar JR." and you will find excerpts for every character.

Are you looking to listen to some of the songs? 

This is the main show description page. To listen to songs, find the SONGS option on the right-hand menu. Click on SONGS and you will be able to listen!

**New to auditioning? "Acting Sides" are portions of the scripts that will be used in the auditions to help us decide casting.

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This information is for the KTP '22-23 Season

Details for '23-24 will be coming Spring '23

NOTE:  If you are brand new to the Kettleworks Traveling Players we highly recommend that you EMAIL US and request the informational brochure + video of our '22-23 Info Meeting. 

Age/Grade Levels: Auditions for The Kettleworks Traveling Players are open to all performers ages 8 - 18.

*Please note that performers must remain 18 years old or younger through Spring 2023.*

Audition Date:  Auditions for NEW team members will be held simultaneously with auditions for our full production of

Seussical JR.  Travel team participants may be asked to attend one extra audition session.

  See further Audition Details HERE

Tuition:  Please email us regarding tuition. There are a few options, depending on travel & rooming choices. 

                 **We offer payment plans (pay in full -or- monthly).

                 **Please note - total KTP tuition INCLUDES the tuition for the full production.

Included (in addition to the full production - see above):

  A trip to participate in the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA

  100+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  A guaranteed role in our Fall Production of Seussical JR.

  Opportunities to perform for, and connect with, our local community

  Professional script 

  KTP team SWAG including T-shirt, bag, water bottle, and hoodie/jacket 

Rehearsals, Performances, and Travel

Members of the Kettleworks Traveling Players will participate in our Fall 2022 Production of Seussical, JRDuring the months of January & February 2023 KTP team members will have team-focused rehearsals to create a 15-minute adjudication performance. This selection will be presented and adjudicated by performing arts professionals at the Junior Theater Festival West 2023. At JTF West our performers will get to participate in exciting and exclusive workshops, performances, talk-backs with industry professionals and more! Former JTF guests include Olivia Rodrigo (HSMTMTS), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls), Pasek & Paul (The Greatest Showman), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast ... all things Disney, really!), and many more big names in the business. We may occasionally have brief additional rehearsals as local performance opportunities arise between the months of September '22 - February '23 and will hold a few brief rehearsals in December, plus our team holiday party.

Junior Theater Festival West '23 Dates - February 17-20, 2023

  A Special Note:  It is the goal of the Kettleworks Traveling Players/Kettleworks Performing Arts to create a true theatre family with this troupe. We here at KPA strive to nurture mutual respect in every performer who passes through our doors and to instill a strong sense of work ethic while encouraging passion and building community. A big part of this character building is consistency in our rehearsals, activities, and performances.  Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen circumstance all performers will put in their best effort to attend every required rehearsal, and if a missed rehearsal is unavoidable the performer/performer's family will do all they can to independently catch up on any missed materials.  In the case of potential COVID-19 exposure within a performer's family, said performer would be asked to attend rehearsal virtually in order to keep up with new materials.

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