Young talent shines in D.C. Everest's 'The Lion King Jr.'

Young D.C. Everest students perform "Shadowlands" from "The Lion...
Young D.C. Everest students perform "Shadowlands" from "The Lion King, Jr."(WSAW)
Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 5:58 AM CDT
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A busy weekend of live theatre in the Wausau area includes some young talent. A new production of Disney's "The Lion King Jr." opens from D.C. Everest Performing Arts featuring middle and junior high school actors.

Sunrise 7's Sean Caldwell spoke with co-director Scott Atkinson and castmember Mariam Peters who plays Rafiki in the show. The upcoming musical is based on the long-running Broadway show.

"It's not going to be exactly like the movie, there are some new songs," said Peters. "But there's the good old favorites too."

The five weekend performances come after weeks of work.

"We've had try to do different things because stuff doesn't always work out the first time," said Peters. "You have to do it over and over again and change things, otherwise you look dumb."

Atkinson said the bar is set high for every show, regardless of the actors' age.

"It's just been phenomenal to watch them over the past couple of months," said Atkinson. "They really have come up with an amazing sound vocally and their acting is just through the roof."

"The Lion King Jr." opens Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. with evening performances Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at D.C. Everest Senior High School. There are afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17th.

Admission is $10 for adults or $6 for students and seniors. For tickets, visit at the link to the right or call 715-359-6561 x4135.