Madagascar the stage musical opens in Christchurch this week.


Madagascar the stage musical opens in Christchurch this 7 days.

It’s not quick currently being a lion.

For singer, dancer and performer Andrew Papas, the purpose of Alex the Lion in the musical generation of Madagascar is the most physically gruelling factor he has at any time carried out.

The phase adaptation of the animated movie starts off its 5-day run at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Andrew Papas has been performing since he was 11.


Andrew Papas has been executing due to the fact he was 11.

Immediately after every single clearly show, Papas’ elaborate, 3-layer lion costume is drenched in sweat.

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On Saturday and Sunday, Papas will accomplish three instances each working day – and his costume has to be washed and dried amongst each overall performance.

“By the conclude of the clearly show the costume is really substantially drenched,’’ he reported.

“It is like you have just operate a marathon in a total on match. I have received 3 levels on. Base layer, muscle mass fit and then on top of that is Alex’s appear.

“You are leaping and functioning around on stage and you have sizzling lights on prime of that.”

Andrew Papas, right, in lion costume for his role in Madagascar.


Andrew Papas, right, in lion costume for his role in Madagascar.

To teach and get ready himself for the position, Papas sang tunes from the musical even though jogging in the road.

“It absolutely turns some heads. You simply cannot go as well early or you will wake men and women up.”

“There have not been other shows that have been this physical.

“I will be super in good shape by the end of Christchurch.”

Papas can spend up to an hour getting his lion on for the show.


Papas can expend up to an hour finding his lion on for the show.

He also has to make absolutely sure he drinks a ton of drinking water to rehydrate in between each clearly show – but not much too a great deal.

“I make guaranteed I go to the bathroom before I go on stage. As soon as the suit goes on there is no acquiring out of it.”

But he explained the costume helped him come across the character of Alex, a town slicker zoo lion who finds himself stranded in Madagascar with his fellow zoo creatures – a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra.

Andrew Papas plays city slicker Alex the Lion in Madagascar, the Musical.

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Andrew Papas performs metropolis slicker Alex the Lion in Madagascar, the Musical.

“It truly helps. Alex is a showman. He is, ‘Look at me, everyone’.

“The costume helps carry that out a whole lot more.”

The demonstrate is created by British business GMG Productions, which shipped the costumes and sets to New Zealand.

The producers could not carry their possess cast mainly because of Covid-19 border controls.

Papas has to drink plenty of water between each performance – but not too much.


Papas has to drink lots of drinking water concerning each effectiveness – but not way too a great deal.

“It is an all-Kiwi cast, which is really excellent for us as artists.

“They experienced to rethink how they get the job done. We have proved that is possible now.”

“I think that is 1 of the good things that has appear out of Covid. Everyone has been compelled to do issues a little in different ways.”