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Middle School Ensemble Caps Fantastic Year with Lion King Jr.
Middle School Ensemble Caps Fantastic Year with Lion King Jr.


Kent Denver sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade actors and singers finished the Middle School theater season with rousing performances of Disney's Lion King Jr. Audiences were awed by the amazing set, wonderful costumes, spectacular makeup and, of course, stellar acting, dancing and singing.

"Our students gave their all in each performance," says Lion King Jr. Director Lee Lee Newcomb. "I couldn't be more proud of them."

Joining Ms. Newcomb in bringing the musical to life were Musical Director Kali Paguirigan and Technical Director Tommy Nolan. Ms. Paguirigan and Ms. Newcomb directed the 32-student cast through roughly sixty hours of rehearsals and numerous breakout sessions to work on songs, lines, choreography and blocking. At the same time, Mr. Nolan guided the student technical team through set construction and other, vital assignments such as controlling the stage lighting system, operating sound board and syncing cast microphones.

Lion King Jr. is the Middle School's second theatrical offering on the school year. In November, students presented The Witches by Roald Dahl, a play adapted by David Wood. Middle School Drama Teacher Taylor Pringle directed the play. She guided the 15-student cast through the process of interpreting the popular work, developing empathy for their characters and presenting the story of a young boy and grandmother in a world where witches really exist.

"Whether creating shadow puppets, developing fantastical characters, or running technical elements for the play, middle school students did an amazing job bringing the story to life!" Ms. Pringle says. "One of the most exciting challenges in the production was devising ways to transform children and witches into mice while a live audience watched."

"Ms. Pringle, Ms. Newcomb, Ms. Paguirigan and Mr. Nolan do an exceptional job of helping our students deliver polished productions that never fail to excite and astound their audiences," says Middle School Director Carrie Green. "They take enormous delight giving students opportunities to shine."

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Did you miss the 2018 Middle School productions? No worries! Enjoy the highlights slideshows below.

About Kent Denver's Middle School Arts Program

Middle School students experience a trimester of music, a trimester of visual arts and a trimester of drama every academic year. The end result is that, they will have had one full year of each of the arts disciplines offered at Kent Denver by the time they complete the eighth grade. Learn more here.



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