Lion King cubs en­joy cir­cle of life

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Fame is a whim away, a whim away for Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School’s star per­form­ers af­ter nail­ing a ren­di­tion of Dis­ney’s The Lion King. Stu­dents had no wor­ries for the rest of their days as they brought the jun­gle to life in Dampier for two nights last week.

Simba’s epic tale to find him­self has been brought to life by Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School stu­dents.

Stu­dents from Years 3 to 6 worked hard for months to bring to life Dis­ney’s tale The Lion King for two shows at the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub last week.

Di­rected by Kym Sher­pherd­son and Me­gan Wood-Hill, the one­hour show fea­tured all of the movie’s fa­mous tunes.

From the Cir­cle of Life to Hakuna Matata, each num­ber was per­formed to per­fec­tion and will surely be ear­worms in every nos­tal­gic par­ent’s mind for weeks to come.

Cailan Laf­fey, who played Scar, said prac­tis­ing to play the an­tag­o­nist re­quired a lot of fo­cus and in­de­pen­dence.

“I have been in a few mu­si­cals be­fore and I have al­ways been the evil char­ac­ter be­cause I am told I have good fa­cial ex­pres­sions and a large pro­jec­tion when I speak,” she said. “I ded­i­cated a lot of time af­ter school, at lunchtime and re­cess, and in class be­cause I re­ally wanted to do this well.”

Young Nala ac­tor Zarli Shep­herd­son said de­spite never watch­ing the movie her­self, she was ex­cited about the play.

“I love singing, act­ing and wear­ing cos­tumes,” she said.

“It is a lot of fun do­ing a mu­si­cal, even though it takes a lot of hard work.”

The cast per­formed in front of two sold-out crowds last week, and un­der­stud­ies to the main char­ac­ters had their chance to per­form for Dampier Pri­mary School stu­dents last Wed­nes­day.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Calais Guymer as Mu­fasa and Maddi Hor­ton-Mian as Simba.

Han­nah Leckie, Luke Tun­stead and Ni­cola Van Der Meer as Ban­zai, Ed, and Shenzi.

Zarli Shep­herd­son as young Nala, Jas­mine Lam­bert as Zazu and Maddi Hor­ton-Mian as young Simba.

The Rafikis: Sophia Holmes, Zoe Water­strom-Muller, Mered­ith Cook and Evie Gan.

Nav­isha Shukla and Sophia Holmes as Rafiki.

Ruby Wood-Hill as Ti­mon.

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