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Summit Theatre to present cast of 50 in ‘The Lion King, Jr.’ musical

Summit Theatre to present cast of 50 in ‘The Lion King, Jr.’ musical

Summit Theatre Group has teamed up with Lee’s Summit West High School and MCC College for Kids to present Disney’s ‘The Lion King, Jr.’ — a musical that concludes the two-week theater camp put on by the groups.

Musical Director Brad Rackers, the theater director at Lee’s Summit West, said the camps have shown him the best of young theater-goers in and around Lee’s Summit.

“These young people have been focused, dedicated and energized from day one,” Rackers said. “Each of them came to the production with a positive attitude and an excitement about the production. They have worked diligently to help bring one of Disney’s most beloved productions to life on the stage. The partnership between MCC College for Kids, Summit Theatre Group and Lee’s Summit West has been one that has benefited everyone in such a positive way to allow us to produce this outstanding production.”

Local actor and Lee’s Summit middle school teacher Kenny Taylor said they made intentional efforts to infuse a variety of educational experiences to teach the young actors in preparation for the show.

“Some of the lessons have ranged from stage makeup and set painting technique to understanding rhythm and African languages,” said Taylor, the show’s assistant director. “We have students with a wide spectrum of previous theatre experience, and although we have several students who have performed in many shows before, we also have a few who will be stepping on stage for the first time. This gives us and their high school counselors the challenge of making sure all our campers grasp the basic foundations while also helping our more experienced actors dive deeper into skills like developing a character and finding a character’s motivation.”

Disney’s ‘The Lion King, Jr.’ Musical runs Friday, June 29 at 1 and 7 p.m. at Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 Ward Road, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $5 and $7 at the door only. For more information, visit www.summittheatre.org.

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