ACT to present “The Lion King Jr.”

Staff Report

Archbold Community Theatre is hard at work on another production, this one being put on by children in the community. The upcoming kids’ show is a take on the classic tale, “The Lion King.”

The show’s rehearsal process is different this time, as ACT set it up as a workshop. Watching videos and completing objectives with groups, or “prides” as they were called, to fit with the show’s animal theme, the children learned the ins and outs of a theatrical production, from the on-stage character development to all the backstage processes required to put together such a show.

Everyone in the cast and crew is putting in the long hours to make this a top-notch production, including the parents of the children, who help with set construction and ushering, among various other duties.

“The Lion King, Jr.” tells the story of Simba, a young lion cub that is next in line to rule Pride Rock. The show is based off the hit Broadway show, and there are a few songs from that production that are not in the movie, but are just as enjoyable.

“The Lion King Jr.” is directed by Teresa Van Sickle, the assistant director is Ryan Mooney, musical direction is by Bethany Riegsecker, with choreography by MacKenna Whitacre. Show dates are Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct.6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct.8 at 2:30 p.m..

The show will be at Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners. Tickets can be ordered by calling 419-267-5717 Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Staff Report