Darcy Elliott: Just smile and wave kids

February 19, 2018

Darcy Elliott has been announced as the director of Echuca-Moama Theatre Company's junior production of Madagascar the Musical Jnr. Photo by Luke Hemer.

DARCY Elliott is ‘‘just a big kid’’.

Making him the ideal person to direct Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s production of Madagascar the Musical Jnr later this year.

The local ventriloquist and thespian was announced as director for the junior show recently and he is already chomping at the bit to get started.

‘‘It’s pretty exciting,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve already had so many people come up to me saying their child wants to audition.’’

Although auditions won’t be held for several months, that doesn’t mean Darcy can’t start preparing.

‘‘I’ve started researching and I already have some ideas on what I want to do,’’ he said.

‘‘The main thing about Madagascar is to make it the most fun, exciting and energetic experience for the kids and the audience.’’

Madagascar the Musical Jnr is based on the movie and follows the adventures of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and the hilarious, plotting penguins.

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.

‘‘It’s obviously not a show like Les Mis or Phantom where audiences are blown away by the technical skill level, so I just want the kids to have an absolute blast and have fun creating that experience for them,’’ Darcy said.

‘‘I want to make the kids enjoy theatre and the arts as much as I do.’’

Darcy is no stranger to the stage, having starred in lead roles in EMTC’s Spamalot, Anything Goes and Hairspray.

And although this will be his first time directing, the 25-year-old helped out with EMTC’s last two junior shows — Elf Jnr and The Little Mermaid Jnr.

‘‘I like to think I look at things differently and I’m a very in the moment person,’’ he said.

‘‘Really I’m just a big kid myself so I’m on their level. Plus I don’t care if I look silly.’’

Darcy said he planned to hold a workshop before the auditions, to give children an idea of what to expect when they tried out.

‘‘It’s about getting the best out of the kids and shaking out their nerves and worries beforehand,’’ he said.

Auditions are expected to be held in late July, with children aged between eight and 18 eligible to try out.

‘‘I’m looking for kids who are outgoing and confident and love being on stage, but then, on the other scale, kids who maybe aren’t as confident and want to experience what it’s all about, to develop their confidence and give it a crack.’’

The show will be held at the Paramount in early November.

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