Not to be confused with the new Disney live-action movie that comes out this weekend, local young actors will be putting on their own version of the classic story.

On Friday, July 19, “The Lion King Jr.” opens at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center, Cambridge. The show features students going into 5th-8th grades from Cambridge and the surrounding area. 

These students have been working hard on this show for the past two months through the Play Inc. Arts’ summer youth theatre program.  

The show itself is a one-hour version of the popular Broadway production. Containing familiar songs from the movie such as “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” the show will have something for the whole family to enjoy. It also includes some numbers which may be new to fans of the movie like “They Live In You” and “Shadowland.”  

Everyone’s favorite characters make it to the stage: Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Scar and his hyenas, and many more.

From watching the savannah dance along with younger Simba to listening to him growing up and falling in love with Nala, there is never a dull moment in the show. The young actors have done an incredible job with their characters.  

These talented students have been working hard to tell this vibrant and much-beloved story through singing, dancing and acting. Although learning to sing in another language can be a challenge, these students have had fun singing the songs and learning new choreography. 

“The Lion King Jr.” will be performed on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show begins. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased either at the door or at  showtix4u.com. Don’t miss out on this amazing show!

Aaron Knudsvig is director of Play Inc Arts, of Cambridge. 

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