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With the start of summer comes the search for entertainment opportunities. Never has this been truer than after a year of pandemic lockdowns and restrictions.
Young local performers from Off Broadstreet Centre for the Dance Arts are ready to engage audiences with their production of an original adaptation of the story of “The Lion King”.
Held on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, at Cairo High School, the 80-minute “King of Africa” is described as “jam packed entertainment from the start to the finish” by performing arts studio owner Dana Prince Willis.
“There is nothing like it!” Kaitlyn Donalson, upcoming Auburn University freshman, says that this year’s performance is powerful and exciting with the special effects, lighting, and backgrounds, all part of the instructors’ vision of a full production. Isabelle Pomeroy, another graduating senior, shared that this is her favorite production of all time. She stated that the animalistic costumes and movements are both fun to perform and to watch.
It is not just the performers that recommend this night of local showbiz. Grady County Probate Judge Denise Maddox declares that this is her “all-time favorite show.”
She continues, “It is pure entertainment for everybody everywhere.”
Popes Museum owner, Michelle Dean, states, “It’s just so much fun!”
Dana Prince Willis, the innovator behind this production, has received numerous national awards and recognitions over her career, and surrounds herself with nationally recognized choreographers and instructors including, John Hollingsworth from Jacksonville, Florida, who not only performs as Big Simba in the show, but is also one of the studio instructors. Hannah Harrison Russell, once an OBCDA performer herself, has been recognized repeatedly as a top choreographer on the national platform.
Their students come from 15 schools, seven towns, five counties and two states.
Showtimes for “King of Africa” are Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. (for groups of 10 or more) and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets will be available online at www.obcdancearts.com, June 14-18, and are $15 when purchased before the date of show and $20 at the door.