Paris Community Theatre presents the classic Disney film come to life on stage, “The Lion King Jr.”

The musical has been a staple of Broadway since its premiere in 1999, featuring the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. The show also brings the talents of Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer, who supplied additional music for the production; Roger Allers and Irene Meechi, who wrote the book for the musical; and is based on the original production as envisioned by Julie Taymor.

The show is directed by PCT Artistic Director Joshua Maxwell, with additional support by Sarah Stogner-Dickinson and Catherine Maxwell as Assistant Directors, and Sydney Young who serves as the production’s Music Director. The production is sponsored by The Paris Area Arts Alliance, Young Title Company, and special consideration by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Show times are March 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive.

Disney’s “The Lion King” is based largely on the classic Shakespearean drama, “Hamlet.” Long considered one of the greatest works of the English language, “Hamlet” tells the story of a young crowned prince who flees his homeland after his father’s death at the hands of his villainous uncle. After facing his father’s ghost, he returns to the kingdom, determined to remove his uncle from the throne and take his place in the Circle of Life. The story has set box office records in both film and live theatre, and will be released as a live-action film remake this summer. Julie Taymor’s production is a work of art, combining acting, puppetry and beautiful music to bring the story to life. PCT’s production is faithful to her vision and design that has been wowing audiences for two decades.

“This production has been quite an undertaking for PCT,” Maxwell said. “We have assembled a cast of 50 area students, and we’re proud to say over 2000 area students will experience the production through their local school. However, we’ve had to turn many schools away because of limited seating, so the public performances will be the only chance some have to experience ‘The Lion King.’ We’re encouraging parents to make their reservations quickly for what promises to be an unforgettable event.”

For tickets or more information visit PCT’s website at pctonstage.com.

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