ESES students to perform ‘Lion King, Kids!’ May 21
Eureka Springs Elementary School is ending the year with a roar.
The school will host a Leadership Gallery followed by the premiere performance of Lion King, Kids! on Monday, May 21, at the high school auditorium. The Leadership Gallery is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., where students will offer leadership presentations from the Leader in Me program. After that, the show will start.
Lion King, Kids! features fourth-grade students, with Madeline Fisher as Pumbaa the warthog, William Linker as Timon, “the meercat who hates everything,” Anastasia Cummings as antagonist Scar, Rolando Herrera as Mufasa and Kameron Agresto as Simba. Erin Manus and Yaretsi Tapia are the hyenas, portraying Banzai and Shenzi.
Manus said the students have been working hard on the musical, saying she enjoys learning the songs. There’s a lot to enjoy about the musical, Fisher said.
“I like some of the bad puns from the meercat, and I like being one of the fun, happy characters,” Fisher said.
Cummings said she’s excited to play the bad guy.
“I like developing the character and getting to be someone I’m not in real life,” Cummings said.
“I get to be the lion king,” Herrera said. “But I die, because my brother kills me.”
“That’s me, Scar,” Cummings said.
For Linker, two words sum up his favorite part of the play.
“Being sarcastic,” Linker said.
Tapia said she’s embracing how it feels to be an actress.
“It’s really fun, because you get to play a character and play on different emotions,” Tapia said. “You get to be kind of silly sometimes, and kind of sad other times.”
The teamwork is going well, Fisher said.
“It’s fun working with everybody else, because you know they just want to have fun, and you all get to have fun together,” Fisher said.
When it comes to the actual performance, there’s no shortage of nerves. Manus said she gets nervous when she forgets a line, and Tapia agreed.
“I feel like I’m always nervous even though I know my lines,” Tapia said.
The nerves start to wash away, Manus said, during the actual performance.
“When you’re dancing, you just let loose and remember the lines and the moves, and that’s all you think about,” Manus said.
Cummings said it’s not always easy to sing and dance at the same time.
“Sometimes people have to feed me my lines, because I’m so wrapped up in the songs,” Cummings said.
Because his character dies early on, Herrera said, he isn’t featured in most of the numbers.
“I’m only in one song, but I’m there in spirit,” Herrera said.
“We’ll just run through Rolando,” Linker joked.
How does Linker feel about learning the musical?
“It’s easy, says the sarcastic meercat,” Linker said.
Herrera encouraged the community to see the musical.
“Come see my performance, because I want to be the king and nobody can rule me, because I’m the king,” Herrera said.
“But you die!” Cummings interjected.
Fisher said everyone has worked hard on it, saying she hopes to see a lot of people at the performance.
“It’s really fun to put a lot of effort into it and show people we’re not just little kids,” Fisher said. “We can do a musical.”