Disney's "The Lion King Jr."
The online Box Office is now open for Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” the first ever, co-ed Middle School musical on Holton’s campus. Middle School students from Holton and Landon will bring Pride Rock to the Lewis Theater Stage on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and FREE for students. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Tickets purchased in advance need to be claimed by 6:45 p.m. on Friday night and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday night. After that time, any unclaimed tickets may be released to guests waiting in line to purchase tickets. Advance tickets are encouraged because it is likely to be a very popular show.
Celebrate “The Circle of Life” as over 50 students from both schools join together to perform this majestic musical. Follow the journey of Simba (Lily Muhlbaum ’22 & Bryce Savoy, Landon ‘21) a young lion growing up in the African pride lands under the watchful eye of his parents King Mufasa (James Harrington, Landon ’21) and Queen Sarabi (Josephine Stark ’21) assisted by their faithful majordomo Zazu (Maggie Brett-Major ’22). When jealous uncle Scar (Allie Stroman ’21) forms an alliance with hyenas Banzai, Shenzi and Ed (Celina Fratzscher ’21, Coby Shrensky, Landon ’21 & Anushka Dar ’21) to assassinate Mufasa, Simba flees to the jungle where he is taken in by Timon the Meerkat (Campbell Magruder ’21) and Pumbaa the Warthog (CJ O’Rourke, Landon ’22). The pride lands depleted by the hyena horde, Lioness Nala (Nyla Jones ’22 & Tess Armstrong ’21) bids farewell to her mother Sarafina (Ema Nakayama ’21) and ventures into the jungle to find food. When she meets her old friend Simba again, she and the wise baboon Rafiki (Brielle Herlein ’21) convince Simba to return and reclaim his rightful place in the kingdom.
Drama Director Elizabeth Zitelli leads a creative team including Music Director Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Choreographers Sarah Roney and Sherry Wells and Costume Designer Shelby Gable, with assistance from Upper School students Olivia Herlein ’18, Keshini Maynard ’20, Jenna Mohi-ud-din ’20 and Sarah Muhlbaum ‘20. Technical Director Mark Robinson has designed the set and video projections and leads a team of 11 Middle School technicians. Middle School Art teacher Ambria Archibald has worked with her students in Art 8 to create over 65 animal masks. Shea Sion ’17 serves as lighting designer. Master puppeteer Honey Goodenough worked with Middle School students during Mini-mester to create life-size elephant puppets.