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Staff Photo by Fritz Busch Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop Children’s Art Camp student Wil Schmidt (Timon), left, of Winthrop and Kalli Aden (Pumbaa) of Gibbon rehearse for Wednesday’s performance of “Lion King Kids” in the college auditorium/ high school. The band presents the show at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 in the auditorium.

WINTHROP – Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop College students present “Children of the Lion King” in the school auditorium at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

Thirty-five students attended the free two-week children’s art camp funded by an $8,000 grant made possible by Minnesota voters through a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council through a statutory appropriation of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Camp director/choreographer Mandy Blumhoefer said this is the fourth year of T-Bird Community Arts’ children’s camp. The first year included stations that students rotated through to expose them to different aspects of theater.

The students performed a mini-musical “Alladin Junior” the second year of camp. Last year, the students played “Children of 101 Dalmatians.”

” I have chosen ““The Lion King” after talking with director Gwen Ruff about which show would be fun for kids and we landed on it, Blumhoefer said.

“Some kids chose the backstage (camp) track, creating and designing sets, helping with choreography, running sound and lights in the tech booth, and helping onstage with scene changes,” she added. “Performing arts children sing, perform and dance on stage.”

The students practiced three hours a day for two weeks.

The performance lasts approximately 45 minutes. Admission is $5 for participants over 5 years old. Those five and under do not have an admission fee.

Performing arts participants include narrator Shaylah Clobes, Haley Strain, Rafiki; Cooper Foss, Mufasa; Keely Hlinsky, Sarabi; Quinn Schmidt, Zazu; Ashley Voss, Scar; Alex Vos, Young Simba; Avery Rieke, young Nala; Imani Prigge, Shenzi; Jacob Stoll, Banzai; Anika Beckendorf, ed.; Josie Schwarzrock, Sofia Nachreiner and Kaylie Benner, hyena/elephant; Wil Schmidt, Timon; Kalli Aden, Pumbaa; Issac Vos, former Simba; Savanna Sweely, Older Nala.

The animal ensemble includes Xavier Cohrs, Joslyn Schwarzrock, Kenny Duncan, Lily Jaus, Kaylee Jaus, Veda Nelson, Annabelle Brockberg, Sophia Benner, Mirra Sjogren and Tristan Clobes.

Isaac Beckendorf, Kelston Larabee, Ella Nachreiner, Miley Odegard, Donald Cole, Jocelyn Jaus and Isabelle Vos worked behind the scenes.

Lynnae Grack is musical director; Kylie Rieke, set designer.

The Lion King is a 1994 animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with a score by Hans Zimmer.

Set in a king of lions in Africa, “The Lion King” tells the story of a young lion who must succeed his father.

It ended its theatrical run as the highest-grossing film of 1994 and the second-highest-grossing film of all time, behind “Jurassic Park” (1993).

It is still the highest-grossing traditional animated film of all time and the best-selling film on home video, selling over 55 million copies worldwide.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected])

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