Disney’s Lion King Roars to Life in Middle School

Apr 26, 2016 | Fine Arts, Lower School News, Middle School News, Multiplier

Students in grades 3 – 8 (and a guest appearance by a junior), recently performed their rendition of Disney’s Lion King Musical for their spring production. With masks they crafted themselves, the cast of 20 set their visual stage in the savannah to tell the classic Disney story through song, dance and the spoken word.

Play Synopsis: Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world for many years. The African savannah will soon come to life on the stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Cast of Characters

  • Rafiki: Charlotte Nickell
  • Mufasa: Myka Deans
  • Sarbi: Susanna Soelberg
  • Zazu: Jack McGuire
  • Scar: Jenny Long
  • Young Simba: Katie Goodwyn
  • Simba: Jai Deans
  • Young Nala: Tabitha Nagy
  • Nala: Zandy Geiger
  • Sarafina: Allison Jones
  • Banzai: Eleanor Maderra
  • Shenzi: Jordan Yeager
  • Ed: Thomas Rizk
  • Timon: Anna Weber
  • Pumba: Eliza Bruno
  • Lionesses: Kiera Campbell, Aubrey Ellis, Kennedi Espy, Charlotte Goerdel
  • Gazelle/Featured Dancer: Anya Smith


  • Stage Crew: Samantha McCarthy
  • Choreography: Cara Mills
  • Costuming/Puppets: Heidi Carpenter
  • Parent/Arts Liaison: Susan Weber

See the photo gallery here (password: mustangs)

Chris Willoughby, Middle School Theater Director, would like to give special thanks to the following individuals:

To Kat Mattimoe and the members of her Monday After School Art Club for painting the backdrop.
To Cara Mills and Heidi Carpenter for helping to make this such a special production. The dances and headpieces/puppets are amazing!
To all our parent volunteers for tirelessly working on the set, props, and makeup and for enduring a long and difficult rehearsal schedule.
To the custodial staff, the administration, the Communications Team, and all teachers and staff for helping to make this an exciting production.
To Anya Smith, who patiently waited throughout her Middle School drama career to perform The Lion King, only to find out we were staging it after she went to Upper School. Thank you for making a cameo in our production!
And especially to our wonderful young actors and actresses for giving their all. You have all done an incredible job!
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