Centreville Brief: ‘Lion King Jr.’ at Stone Middle

Centreville Brief: ‘Lion King Jr.’ at Stone Middle

The Stone Players of Ormond Stone Middle School will be taking on a Disney classic and Broadway production this year in the annual school musical.

The group will perform “The Lion King, Jr.” from Thursday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Stone Middle School Theater.

Lois Stanziani directs the production with the help of assistant directors John-Nicholas S. Walsh and Mary V. King.

Stanziani, who is a veteran director of productions at Stone, said, “We have 40 total in our cast and crew this year. The cast and crew have worked hard to take the audience to our version of the Pride Lands. This musical is a particular honor to produce given the longevity of ‘The Lion King’ in our culture.”

The cast and crew have been practicing since September. The rehearsal schedule has included three-hour practices, three times a week and six-hour practices on Saturdays.

The role of Simba is played by both DeSean Ways, who portrays the young Simba, and Breon Atkins who plays the adult Simba. Rachael Neil plays the role of young Nala and adult Nala is played by Keeley Rogers. Alan Gutierrez plays the evil Scar and the role of the royal Mufasa is played by TreShawn Carter.

Assisting Stanziani in the production are choral director Stephen Kogut, John-Nicholas S. Walsh, who assisted Stanziani with the choreography, and dance captain Keeley Rogers.

Tickets for the show will be available Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 7-9 during school lunch. Tickets will also be available at the door for the Friday evening and Saturday performances; Thursday’s performance is pre-sale tickets only. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Sarah Blansett at sarahebtodd@gmail.com.

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What: "The Lion King, Jr." musical production by The Stone Players

When: Thursday Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m., Friday Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Thursdays performance is presale tickets only.

How: Tickets are sold during lunch shifts Monday-Wednesday at Stone. Price: $7 per ticket

Where: Stone Middle School, 5500 Sully Park Dr. Centreville. Call 703-631-5500.