Leeds West Academy

Be Prepared for The Lion King

Leeds West Academy’s whole-school production of The Lion King Jr is now in final rehearsals, prior to technical and dress run this weekend.

Adapted from the hit Disney motion picture, the Broadway musical features music from Tim Rice, Elton John and Hans Zimmer. Leeds West Academy’s bold staging boasts a huge cast of talent from Year 7 to Sixth Form, with Dylan Miles Davies and Troy Tipple sharing the role of Simba, and Sixth Form student Shauna Nicholl as Mufasa.

Head of Performing Arts, Ms Cant, said: "It is fantastic to see so many students part of this legendary show. For the first time we have cast a specific group of Principal Dancers, who will be involved in the more complex dance pieces in the show, as well as a group of Principal Vocalists, who will boost the harmonies in the ensemble pieces. We have a big job to beat last year’s production of Hairspray, but we have every confidence that this year’s musical will be our best ever!"

Technical Director Mr Payne added: “There has been a huge backstage effort to bring as much production value to this show as possible, including a textured set which has been meticulously sculpted by dozens of hands. Audiences should expect a new depth of detail which has West End aspirations. We thank all of the volunteers who have stayed late into the evening to make our designs a reality on stage. As with all Leeds West Academy productions, everything you seen on stage is made within the school. 

Band rehearsals are also in their final stages, with musicians rehearsing in the orchestra pit with performers using the full stage area. Ms Kurij is Music Director, conducting Leeds West Academy's musical talent. Malachi Jeffrey, who is behind percussion for the show, said:  “I’ve been playing Djembes for the show.  It’s been really interesting to see how the drums work within compositions, as The Lion King has an interesting and diverse range of music.”

Rehearsals have been fun and endlessly energetic. Erin Chapman, who plays Nala, said today: “The show has a terrific spirit to it and a great storyline. It’s been really rewarding to work with so many talented and motivated people.”

Leeds West Academy will stage The Lion King Jr from March 9th – March 11th 2016 at 7:30pm. Friday evening is now sold out. Tickets cost £5 with £3 concessions. Family tickets are available for £14. Book online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedswestacademy.