Frost Elementary School’s production of The Lion King KIDS

Frost Elementary School’s production of The Lion King KIDS

It’s that head back laugh with your big tummy sound. (laughter) Disney has partnered with the Seattle Theatre Group to bring the arts into communities and to schools that wouldn’t necessarily have those resources. …Everything the light touches is our kingdom… We chose the Lion King because we thought it would engage a lot more of the kids. …and rise with you as the new king… It’s a scary huge task to take on, but also a community that was really thirsty for an experience like this and I think our kids are really craving an opportunity to express themselves through the arts. …Roar…roar… Disney and Seattle Theatre Group they choose about three or four schools every year. If you’re the only one doing it. You may have the absolute right answer. Do it. They work with two teaching artists. And they bring us in to basically teach the teachers how to teach. We are helping them have the tools to put on a musical themselves. And we are teaching them this is what a director would do. This is what a choreographer would do. This is how you work together. This is how you put a production together. so it’s a lot of work but you know, everyone is here to do the work and have fun and give this opportunity to the kids. The idea of this whole program is sustainability. So at the end of this year, STG. Seattle Theatre Group and Disney, they’re going to take a step back. and they’re going to say we gave you the resources. We taught you some skills and you have what you need to continue this program in your school. So my Rafikis, if you could say your lines with loud projection. So their big focus was to give us the skills, and they’ll help for us to put on the program without so much help again. …Give me a hakuna matata…Hakuna Matatata… We’re thinking, okay we probably have a good a good core of 30 maybe 40 and then 70 showed up and then we thought okay eventually a few would drop out and kind of lose interest. We’re still at 70, and so that was a surprise. It’s quite amazing actually, sometimes it’s overwhelming to think, wow this is my job. Like my job is to give these kids an opportunity to do something different than be at school all day and do math and whatever. this is a creative outlet that a lot of kids don’t get. I really like being in plays. It’s fun when you have your lines and y’all memorize them and then you you can say them all. You twist them to make them feel the way you want them to feel and find impact the people watching them it’s really fun. To be in the Lion King it feels to be like a real actor in like a movie. Scar at the end of this you should be there at the top of Pride Rock. The arts is so important and so often that is not an opportunity to shine because sometimes it costs a lot of money. …Where is your hunting party they are not doing their jobs?… But for the students to not have to worry about the peer group or the competition of academics. Being able to be in a play, to be an actor, to be a singer. To show that piece of the performance arts and let them shine and find a way of being creative that some of them didn’t even know they had. …friends…friends… I thought you called us the enemy. We’ve been doing six months of The Lion King by the time it goes up. These kids have had six months, to bond together, to work on the same thing. To come together as a team and when they pull it off they’re going to be so proud of themselves. They have had to memorize songs memorize dances and put it all together. (singing) …It’s the circle of life… I get to be on stage and do all the fun stuff. When we do it and we learn all the lines, and start the dances. It’s experiencing and fun. We get to sing all together and we get to like dance. (singing)…You don’t say do this, you don’t say be there… don’t say stop that… We could rehearse and rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. But we’re not trying to be on Broadway. But it’s going to be a great experience for the kids. Everything exists in the delicate balance. As king you need to learn to respect our… from the fallen ant to the leaping antelope. These kids have worked their butts off. As long as they have fun, that’s successful. …roar…Roar…ROAR… As long as they come out of it going, Yeah let’s do that again. I can’t wait. …simba?…Simba…What are you doing here? What are you doing here?…What’s going on here… So maybe these kids never sat and thought oh I could be in a Broadway play. But being exposed to it, opens up their imagination and so I think that is the best thing this does for these kids. (singing) The world for one in perfect harmony and all it’s living things… Anything in the arts. If they never get to attend these things participating in them, can spark an interest and open them up. Not all of them are going to want to pursue careers in, you know theatre or dance or anything like that but it exposes them and enlarges their ability to imagine a little fun. …I’m not ready…remember who you are my son… …the one true king.. I’m just really excited for our district to have this opportunity. We’re the first school on the east side of Lake Washington to have an opportunity like this. …tell them the truth…I killed Mufasa!… …you don’t deserve to live… I think we’ve had all the emotions. It’s been really exciting, it’s been scary it’s been stressful. We’re learning as we go. We’re taking deep breaths but the kids are having a great time. The kids are still really passionate and excited about it and when we see them do it that’s that’s the payoff. (singing) It’s the circle… the circle of life… …the circle of life…(applause)


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