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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Interview #5 With the Cast of "The Lion King, Jr."

   The First Stage Theatre production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. returns to the stage this weekend for the final three public performances.

   While we’re waiting, here’s a couple of interviews with members of the cast! Today let’s hear from Emily Jarrell, who plays a bird, and Brenna Drown, who plays a zebra and a wildebeest.

Q: What is The Lion King story about?

Emily: I think The Lion King is about two lions going against each other to be ruler of the land. Friends are found along the way and they learn how to work together to make peace on their land.

Brenna: The Lion King is about overcoming the shadows of your past and trying to always live each day as your last. Hakuna matata! It means no worries!

Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?

Brenna: I enjoy theatre and have always wanted to be part of it. I'm a zebra! In a costume! I'm excited!

Emily: This was my first try at a show and I wanted to learn all the parts of being an actor.

Q: What's your favorite song or scene in the show?

Brenna: I like it when Young Simba and Young Nala first meet the hyenas in the Elephant Graveyard, the set looks amazing with the big bones and the elephant skeletons in the background are cool. You feel like you are part of the movie!

Emily: My favorite song is “Circle of Life” because it brings all the animals together.

Q: If a kid out there is thinking about trying out for a future show, what would you say to them?

Emily: Don't be shy and do your best! You'll make everyone proud! Yeah!

Brenna: You should do it! You will make lots of new friends and many memories. Just remember to be yourself and have fun!

Q: Do you think people out there will enjoy this show?

Brenna: Yes, because all of the cast and crew have worked really hard on this and it's come to life like I never imagined. 

Emily: Yes, because we worked hard to make it the best. Plus, it's a story that can teach us something.

   Thanks, Emily and Brenna!

  First Stage Theatre Company presents the musical based on the Disney animated film and the Broadway show at the Renaissance Theatre at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Shows will be offered on Nov. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children (12 and under) and senior citizens.

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