‘The Lion King’ roars into MariposaFree Access

Students in the play are shown on set. From left, Owen Bissmeyer, Owen Crespi, Diego Naranjo, and Jazzy Hawley are shown in the front; on top of the rock are Elle Yancey, Kae Kimbro and Flint McGrath. Submitted photo

Students in the play are shown on set. From left, Owen Bissmeyer, Owen Crespi, Diego Naranjo, and Jazzy Hawley are shown in the front; on top of the rock are Elle Yancey, Kae Kimbro and Flint McGrath. Submitted photo

A story familiar to young and old alike will make its way to the stage in Mariposa soon.

The Mariposa County High School drama club will present Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”

Three shows will be performed in the Richard D. Fiester Auditorium at the MCHS campus. Shows will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

The show is directed by Bryan Starchman and the musical director is Keith Trump, with choreography by MCHS alum Jessee Brownell.

The African savanna comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and a colorful cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring comingof age tale.

Tickets are expected to sell fast, organizers said. General admission is $10 apiece and $8 for children 12 and under, senior citizens and students with an ASB card. Tickets can be purchased at Happy Burger, the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce and www.mrstarchman.com/lionking.

This play is family friendly and is rated G.

Part of the reason MCHS is able to hold a performance of this magnitude is because it received a grant during the spring from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Officials associated with the show “Rise,” which is shown on NBC, gave away $10,000 scholarships to 50 drama programs around the United States.

It was part of the network’s program R.I.S.E. America, which granted a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs.

“This is a huge production for MCHS and we wouldn’t have been able to put on this show without a grant received from NBC,” said Carter Whatley, MCHS student and publicity director. “The drama club received the $20,000 grant from NBC’s “Rise” television show in March of this year, and even appeared on the Megyn Kelly show.”

For more about the event, email bstarchman@mcusd.org.

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