Onstage July

The Lion King

Theatre news and reviews

By Brian P. Sharp

The Lion King

The Lion King

The Lion continues to roar
It is hard to go anywhere in Dayton without hearing about The Lion King and what it means to our community. I was able to see the show with my mother as we celebrated her 80th birthday. In her words, “This experience is unforgettable.” It truly is an experience in theatre. The aisles come to life right from the beginning with a parade of animals headed to the stage. It is an explosion of color and sound. This is a story that speaks to the heart … the highs and lows of the circle of life.
As you experience The Lion King, you realize it must take an army of people to set up this production and another army to bring it to the stage every night. In fact, it takes 18 trucks to transport this production – 14 of those are 53-foot semi-trailers and 134 people are involved in the production of the show daily.
There are more than 200 puppets in the show representing 25 kinds of animals, birds, fish and insects. The tallest of those animals are the giraffes towering over the stage at 18 feet tall. The smallest animal is a five-inch mouse. The grassland headdresses use 3,000 stalks of grass per year and there are over 100 ants on the Ant-Hill lady.
The masks are an experience all their own. The size of some of the masks makes you believe they must have a lot of weight to them. Actually, they do not. In fact, they are quite light. Mufasa’s mask weighs only 11 ounces and Scar’s mask weighs a mere nine ounces. This is another indication of the best of the best being used for a Disney production.
The show also boasts six indigenous African languages spoken in the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana and Congolese, but don’t worry, you will understand everything going on.
There is also a physical therapist on the crew, and when you see how these cast members have to contort their bodies, you will know why.
There is still time to see this amazing show.
The Lion King runs through July 10 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. For complete information, go to www.victoriatheatre.com or buy tickets online at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling (937) 228-3630.

FutureFest Update
Single tickets have just gone on sale for FutureFest, the annual festival of new works produced by the Dayton Playhouse. The weekend runs Friday, July 29, thru Sunday, July 31. Single tickets are $17 per show, but weekend passes are still available for all six shows for $90.
The schedule for the weekend is:
Friday, July 29 – 8 p.m. – Drawing Room – Directed by Matthew Smith
Saturday, July 30 – 10 a.m. – Roosevelt’s Ghost – Directed by Saul Caplan
Saturday, July 30 – 3 p.m. – The Haven – Directed by Fran Pesch
Saturday, July 30 – 8 p.m. – Allegro Con Brio – Directed by Nick Moberg
Sunday, July 31 – 10 a.m. – Jinxed – Directed by Richard Brock
Sunday, July 31 – 3 p.m. – A Woman on the Cusp – Directed by Ray Gambrel

The weekend pass allows entrance to the opening reception, all shows and the closing dinner.
You don’t want to miss this weekend of new works. The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. within the Wegerzyn Garden complex.
Contact the Playhouse at (937) 424-8477 for ticket information.

Beavercreek Community Theatre Announces the 2011 – 2012 Season
The Main stage season includes:
Harvey – August 26 to September 4
Dearly Departed – January 20 to 29, 2012
The Big Picture – March 2 to 11, 2012
Edge of the Creek productions will present:
Evil Dead the Musical – October 21 to 30, 2011
Chicago – June 15-24, 2012

Beavercreek Children’s Theatre will present:
It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama) – December 2 to December 11
Looking Glass Land – April 20 to April 29, 2012

Beavercreek Community Theatre is located in the Lofino Senior Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd. in Beavercreek. The box office can be reached by calling (937) 429-4737 tickets can also be purchased by emailing boxoffice@bctheatre.org

Sinclair Community College announces its next season…

Sinclair Community College’s Theatre Department announced its newly expanded 2011-2012 theatre season with three Main stage productions and two exciting Studio Series additions.

The Main stage Season will include:
The Crucible  — October 14 to 22
Almost Maine — February 24 to March 3
The Laramie Project — May 18 to 26
The new Studio Series will include the musical
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — November 3 to 6
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) — April 19 to 22

Season ticket holders will save 15 percent on individual ticket prices and have first chance at the new Studio Series. Single ticket sales available
September 1.
All seats for the Blair Hall Main stage Season will be reserved: tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Studio Series tickets will be general
admission at $10 each.
For more information visit www.sinclair.edu/arts or call (937) 512-4580 or (937) 512-2076.

Reach DCP film critic Brian P. Sharp
at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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