Lion roars again


Tyler Jones and Samuel Jones are in Lake Joondalup Baptist College’s production of The Lion King JR. Picture: Martin Kennealey  d450506
Tyler Jones and Samuel Jones are in Lake Joondalup Baptist College’s production of The Lion King JR. Picture: Martin Kennealey d450506

BROADWAY’S popular The Lion King production may have left Perth, but the story can be re-lived in Joondalup next week with a younger cast.

Lake Joondalup Baptist College will stage Disney’s The Lion King JR, based on the production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 film, from March 30 to April 2.

Under the leadership of acting drama director Madelaine Page and music director Tammy van der Nest, about 100 students in two complete casts will sing and dance their way through the family show.

Students from both primary and secondary school will take part and the music department formed a production band especially for the show.

“Having a regular creative outlet is not just part of a well-rounded education – it is essential for a child’s emotional health and well-being,” Ms Page said.

“Producing this show has brought the arts disciplines together and provided growth opportunities for all varieties of learners.

“It’s great to see the students from different year groups mixing with each other and forming friendships.

“Besides being great fun, the production helps our students develop many of the skills necessary for success.”

The Lion King JR 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 to be king.

“I love the costumes, dancing, acting and make-up and seeing it all come together,” performer Tylah Mayger said.

Drama captain Devon Ferreira enjoyed the rehearsals and learning something new during each one.

The shows will start at 7pm and are open to the public.

Tickets can be bought online at www.ljbc.wa.edu.au .

General admission is $20 and concession tickets cost $18.