Robert W. Zahara Public School (R.W.Z.) in Sexsmith is pleased to present The Lion King Jr., produced by MTI's Broadway Collection. The play will be held in the school gymnasium and will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12; followed by two performances on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Students from participating PWSD schools will enjoy an early showing on Friday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world, and for the first time, schools now have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical. The African savannah will come to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle, and back again.
Director Clara Girvan, a Grade 4 teacher at the school, says the musical production that features 46 singing, dancing and acting R.W.Z. students is all about teamwork. Grades 1-6 students and their teachers have been working on the production since January.
In addition to a license to produce the show, The Lion King experience features a rigorous 11-session curriculum designed to introduce teachers and students to the fundamentals of theatre.
"Our students fulfill all roles of a musical theatre production," adds Ms. Girvan. "Watching friendships grow between cast members has been fantastic. Younger students have worked hard to keep up with the older kids who, in turn, have watched out for them and helped them learn their scenes. Our teachers saw students' confidence grow through the process. Our students are ready to deliver the show with energy and excitement, and look forward to seeing the audience's reaction. I believe they will learn the value of the effort and dedication required during the months of rehearsal and commitment to the production."
From lesson plans to traditional African djembe drums, The Lion King experience includes everything required to introduce theatre in the classroom, allowing teachers and students to explore the varied aspects of theatre: acting, design, directing, writing, music and dance. Videos introduce daily themes, and following a teacher-facilitated class activity, students work in groups to solve a creative challenge. Corresponding Pride Journal assignments encourage students to draw connections between their work in The Lion King experience and their own lives.
For more information, visit http://www.lionkingexperience.com.
Above: Robert W. Zahara Public School's Grades 1-6 students rehearse the song 'The Grasslands Chant' in preparation for their production of The Lion King Jr. The play will open to the public on Friday, May 12, followed by two performances on Saturday, May 13. Students from participating PWSD schools will preview the show on Friday morning.
Middle: Hunter Tkach and Alyssa Brown run lines for the parts of Simba and Nala.
Bottom: Jordan Brown and Areigha Hoetmer practice their roles of Timon and Pumbaa.