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Monday, October 19, 2015

"Disney's The Lion King, Jr." Takes the Stage in November

   First Stage Theatre Company will present the musical Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. live on stage at the Renaissance Theatre at 900 8th Street in Huntington, W.Va., on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and senior citizens.
    The musical is based on the beloved Disney animated film and the musical that is still being presented on Broadway. First Stage is the first West Virginia theatre company to stage the “Junior” version of the production. The cast and crew are made up of more than 60 young performers from local elementary, middle and high schools.
   It tells the story of a young lion named Simba who was born to be a king, but a cruel trick forces him to run away from his responsibilities. He must remember his heritage and join his friends to face great dangers if he wants to reclaim his crown.
   The show boasts a string of beloved songs, including “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.”
   “It’s an honor to be among the first theatres in the nation to get to tackle this show. Our cast has been working hard to learn the challenging songs and dances that make up the show, and it’s a big job to create the costumes and set pieces,” said director Chuck Minsker. “It’s a great show – that’s why it’s been running on Broadway so long - and it will be a lot of fun for all ages!”
    The show’s directing team includes: Director Chuck Minsker, Music Director Mark Smith, Choreographer Melissa Marcum, Assistant Choreographer Brynne Kyle, Assistant Directors Robyn Welch and Ashleigh Bailey-Bannon, Costume Designer Trish Woods and producers Leslie Comer-Porter and Becky Craig.

   Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. is the first show in the 26th season for Huntington’s long-running children’s theatre.  Shows coming up in Spring 2016 include the play Pinocchio and the musical Junie B. Jones, Jr.
   The mission of First Stage Theatre Company is to provide opportunities for children to develop social and communication skills by participating in the performing arts and to promote fine arts education through the presentation of theatrical productions to children and families in our community.

   For more information, call 304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437) or go to www.FirstStageTheatre.org.

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