DISNEY’S THE LION KING, JR. @ NewArts: Newtown Musicals (a division of the 12.14 Foundation)

Music and Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice, Additional Music & Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer, Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mechi

Executive Producer: Dr. Michael Baroody, M.D., Production Sponsor: Scotty McCreery, Music Direction by Brett Boles, Choreography by Shannon Lewis, Set Design by Lindsay Fuori, Lighting Design by Mitchell Girgasky, Costume Design by Caity Mulkearns, Sound Design by Sean Sonntag, Puppet Design by Eric Greto, Prop Master: Erin Keller, Make-Up Design: Joe Dulude II, Assistant Director: Sarah Jane Schostack, Production Stage Manager: Jonathan K. Phillips, Stage Manager: Heather Ber

Production Photos by T. Charles Erickson

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I returned to Newtown to experience ‘The Lion King’ with the Swahili cast. The young members of the Swahili cast took to the stage… These 65 performers from the Newtown area were clearly enjoying themselves as much as the audience adored this high quality production. The opening number, the magnificent “Circle of Life,” once again brought a tear to many an adult eye, including mine, and the finale brought the audience to its feet. Michael Unger beautifully directed this huge group of dedicated young actors. There are a few remaining opportunities to see this inspiring production. All proceeds go to NewArts Newtown Musicals to be able to continue this important work for the Newtown community. This magnificent production closes on Sunday. (Newtown Patch)

The joy was evident as the young members of the Zulu cast took to the stage at Newtown High School on Thursday for opening night of ‘Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.’ The 65 performers from the Newtown area were clearly having the time of their young lives as they were taking part in this high quality production. There was probably even more joy in the packed house as the youngest audience members screamed with delight when their friends, whether adults for their introductory remarks or children making their entrances, entered the spotlight. NewArts excels and the actors rise to the greatness around them in every way. (Onstage Blog)