After School Club

TEA Players - Madagascar Jr.

Theatrical Rehearsals, Performances and Workshops are sure to challenge, thrill and amaze audiences and participants alike in this year's Madagascar Jr!

This year, TEA Players, formerly known as Drama Club, presents the musical theatrical performance of Madagascar Jr.! This is a seven month practice, rehearsal and performance, and includes a culminating and required three day trip, complete with workshops and performances, to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival in February. Final Madagascar performances will take place in Building One at the end of March. TEA Players is led by Beth Gamboa and Nina Meehan, each are accomplished performers, instructors, and directors. Who, with their incredible staff, have established drama as one of TEA’s finest and rewarding program offerings. And adding musical brilliance to the show is our talented Music Teacher, Emily Tessmer and others.

“Madagascar Jr.” takes audiences on an exciting and hilarious adventure inspired by DreamWorks’ animated film. In this lively school drama performance, the central characters, including Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe, find themselves on an unexpected journey from their comfortable home at the Central Park Zoo to the wild and unpredictable world of Madagascar.

As they navigate this new environment, the quirky group of friends encounter a wide array of unique animals and experiences, each bringing its own brand of humor and heartwarming moments. From the charismatic penguins with their grand escape plans to the eccentric lemur King Julien and his energetic crew, the story unfolds with unforgettable interactions and catchy musical numbers that capture the spirit of friendship, self-discovery, and the adventure of a lifetime.

Throughout the performance, the characters learn valuable lessons about the importance of embracing change, appreciating differences, and the true meaning of home. With vibrant costumes, dynamic choreography, and the infectious energy of the Madagascar inhabitants, “Madagascar Jr.” promises an entertaining and heartening theatrical experience that will leave the audience smiling, dancing, and singing along.

TEA Players’ Madagascar is sure to be a fun, memorable and experiential performance for student-performers of all ages!

Performing Arts Experience

Sessions will include improv exercises, theater games, and targeting instruction in acting skills to help all students develop as performers.

Requirement – The JTF travel workshop in February and competition detailed below is a requirement for participation in this club.

This is a delightful comic version of the play created specially for young actors. Some leads and featured roles will be double cast, and other kids will play multiple parts. Opportunities for singing and dancing in the show, along with great costumes and special effects.

Junior Theater Festival – JTF is a festival dedicated to celebrating and promoting musical theater education for young performers and students. The festival typically involves workshops, performances, and competitions where young theater enthusiasts can showcase their talents, learn from professionals, and connect with others who share their passion for musical theater.

Performances – Multiple performances of ‘Madagascar Jr’ will be performed for friends and families on Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday, March 28th!

Drama Club Details

Who: 2nd grade and up.

When: Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (~30 total sessions). All dates are listed below and on the school calendar here.

  • September 20, 27
  • October 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13, 20
  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 5, 6, 7 (Tech rehearsal for JTF Feb 5, 6, 7), 14, 21, 28
  • March 6, 13, 20
  • Tech Rehearsal March 25 & 26

Junior Theater Festival – TEA Players will travel to Sacramento to attend and perform at JTF February 9 – 11, 2024.

Performances at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday March 28th.

Where: Building One at Tahoe Expedition Academy.

Instructors: The play is instructed and directed by Beth Gamboa and Nina Meehan – two skilled and dedicated performers / teachers / directors. Musical pieces will be taught by talented Music TEAcher and professional musician, Emily Tessmer!

What to Bring: Please bring a snack and a water bottle.

Capacity: Limited to 35 participants

Registration Fees: The below registration fees can be paid in full or broken into payment installments. Full payment is required by February 1, 2024. Click HERE to Register.

  • TEA Players Program Fee $795.00 – Fee includes all rehearsals (29 total), tech, directing and instruction, play rights, costumes and music.
  • Junior Theater Festival Fee $650.00 – Fee includes $325 festival fee, hotel rooms (2 nights), Food and Bev, and Apparel. JTF is required for all TEA Players participants.

Scholarships – It’s our goal to ensure that programs are available to every student and family – program costs should not deter participation. To ensure this, Tahoe Expedition Academy offers need based financial assistance for Athletics and Activities programming. Please contact the TEA Athletics and Activities Department for details at or All inquiries are confidential.


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