Bravo | June 14, 2018

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Exploring the world can lead to some risky adventures. The story of “Madagascar” follows four animal friends as they escape their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo to learn more about the real world. With the help of some prodigious penguins, the animals travel to — Madagascar? For director Becky Boesen, Crane River Theater’s production of the musical transcends the story line. “The underlying theme of this show is the importance of close relationships and having a strong sense of ‘home,’” she said in an interview from the Cope Amphitheater at Yanney Heritage Park. “What does ‘home’ mean? Ultimately, if we’ve done our job well, I hope the audience leaves feeling that home is where you are surrounded by the people you love and the people who love you back.” Crane River Theater will present “Madagascar,” a musical adven- ture based on the DreamWorks animated movie, at 7 p.m. June 22 through July 3 at the Cope Amphi- theater. Admission for the show is $5 for adults or $1 for children 10 and younger. The four friends —Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo — began to discuss an idea. “It begins at the Central Park Zoo where four animals, who are lifelong friends, are celebrating their everyday life,” Boesen said. “One of the animals gets wind of the idea that there is something more out in the world to explore. 83 Plaza Blvd., Kearney • 308-234-1529 Email: • Doors Open: 6:30 pm • Show Time: 7:30 pm *Matinee Show: 2:00 pm • Seating: 1:30 pm $18 Per Person TicketsOnSale June 28! The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year- the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Suitable for the whole family. July 12-July 29 Sponsored by by Andrew Lloyd Webber Matt Myers FARM BUREAU AGENT 308-234-4922 5810 2nd Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 One deductible per occurrence. Securities & services offered through FBL Marketing Services, LLC + , 5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266, Member SIPC. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company + *, Western Agricultural Insurance Company + *, Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company + */West Des Moines, IA. + Affiliates *Company providers of Farm Bureau Financial Services MC032-NErr-2 (2-14) When things go wrong, you need your insurance to go right. Contact us to see how our one deductible advantage can help provide you peace of mind when you need it most. Ashley Dick SALES ASSOCIATE FOR RICH PETERS & MATT MYERS 308-234-4922 5810 2nd Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 DIVERSIONS 3 Active musical brings life to ‘Madagascar’ friends Crane River Theater, Courtesy THE STORY follows a group of animals who leave their cushy zoo home for the wilds. Becky Boesen Marty the Zebra wants to go exploring and find his roots in the wild.” Taking off without his friends, Marty finds himself in trouble. “It starts a madcap adventure with the four friends and they Crane River Theater plans outdoor production June 22 through July 3 Rick Brown, Kearney Hub THE CAST OF “Madagascar” poses for a little fun during rehearsals. From left, Melman (Dylan Davis), Gloria (Michelle Colette Ingle), Marty (Ja’Corey Jones) and Alex (Matthew Ryan Sather). end up in Africa,” the director said. “Obviously, four New Yorkers aren’t well suited for the wilds of Madagascar, and come- dy ensues.” Ja’Corey Jones plays Marty the Zebra, the role that Chris Rock played in the movie made in 2005. “A movie like ‘Madagascar’ is such an iconic film — and one that ‘MADAGASCAR’ Continued on page 8