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Unleashing their inner animals in 'Lion King, Jr.'
July 27, 2017 at 4:56 a.m.
Can you feel the love tonight? Simba (Ivan Lopez) and Nala (Giana Pastena) reconnect after not seeing each other for years.
Adult Nala (Giana Pastena of Port Chester) sings about leaving the Pride Lands in search of a better life.
Zazu is portrayed as one bird in the 1994 Disney film, but the play called for Zaa and Zuu, played by Port Chester’s Toni Ash and Emma Costiglio.
Be prepared for the sensational news: Scar (Sean Mealey) is about to usurp the throne by killing his brother in a stampede.
The hyenas prowl before startling the wildebeests into a stampede.
Scar (Sean Mealey) looks down at his hyena minions before telling them to “Be Prepared” for what’s about to happen.
Nala (Shea Hollwedel) pins down Simba (Vincent Sculti).
Simba (Vincent Sculti) just can’t wait to be king! He and Nala (Shea Hollwedel of Port Chester) sing as a distraction to get away from Zaa and Zuu.
Rafiki (Sanai Ash) stands tall on Pride Rock as the sun rises behind her.
Scar, played by Sean Mealey of Rye, taunts his food before he eats it.
Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase! It means no worries, for the rest of your days. Now an adult, Simba (Ivan Lopez) flourishes with his new friends Timon (Maggie Polistina of Greenwich, Conn.) and Pumba (Erica Cally). Lopez and Cally are classmates at Port Chester Middle School.
Simba (Vincent Sculti) mourns his father Mufasa (Andrew Glener) after he is killed by stampeding wildebeests.
Long live the king. Scar (Sean Mealey of Rye) betrays his brother Mufasa (Andrew Glener).
Mufasa (Andrew Glener) shows Simba (Vincent Sculti of Rye) the Pride Lands and teaches his young cub what it takes to be king.
It’s the circle of life and it moves us all! Rafiki, played by Port Chester’s Sanai Ash, presents Simba to the animals of the Pride Lands. The Port Chester Council for the Arts/Port Chester Recreation Department presents “The Lion King, Jr.,” running Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the School of the Holy Child, 2225 Westchester Ave., Rye. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children under 12.