‘Lion King KIDS’ Friday at William Henry Middle School

DOVER — Disney’s “The Lion King KIDS” is playing at William Henry Middle School Friday at 6 p.m.

In the William Henry Middle School production of “The Lion King KIDS,” Mufasa is played by Aiden Smith, left, and Simba is played by Jovan Vickers. (Submitted photos)

The 30-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. The fifth- and sixth-grade cast and crew contains approximately 50 students led by Mary Caligiure, Joyce Leatherbury, Maia Pitts and Theresa Trice.

“The students have been working on all aspects of this production since October, including creation of the sets, props, costumes, and performance,” said theatre teacher and director of this production, Ms. Caligiure.

“(Friday), all of our students’ hard work will surely pay off. I’ve been amazed by our cast and crew members’ creativity, enthusiasm, and overall talent. The students who have been involved in this show will definitely make their community members proud.”

“The Lion King KIDS” tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa.

To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar.

“The Lion King KIDS” features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

There will be a pre-show comprised of various performances from students. Admission is $5. Admission for students aged 13 and under is free.

William Henry Middle School is at 65 Carver Road.

Members of the animal ensemble are, from left, Jaila Beatty, Suniyah Dagley and Makaila Toogood.

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