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‘Lion King Jr.’ set for the weekend

CORNING – Disney’s “Lion King Jr.” is coming 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, to the Corning Opera House Cultural Center stage. Cheryl Thompson is directing an outstanding cast of seven to 14-years-old youth from Corning, Creston, Hepburn, Lenox, Mount Ayr and Villisca on the 25th anniversary of the movie.

The story revolves around the circle of life following the adventures of the young lion, Simba (Charlee Larsen); the father, Mufasa (Rendon Mohr); and Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar (Emma DeVore), who plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes and Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (John Jones) to take back his homeland with the help of his friends Timon (Karissa Richey) and Pumba (Avery Morgan).

Other cast members in alphabetical order are Ashton Boswell, Kaitlyn Bowman, Parker Brown, Taylor Brown, Josie Douglas, Piper Govig, Sage Jones, Ciara Konecne, Layla Konecne, Carlita McCoy, Halle McManis, Addy Morgan, McKenna Ramsey, Megan Ramsey, Reydon Seigworth, Savannah Sistad, Sami Sitzman, Drayden Thompson, Dyson Thompson, Lucey Zech and Rubey Zech. Bonnie Goodson-Gibeau is sound technician, and lighting design by Andrew Heaton, Brad Heaton and De Heaton.

The Corning Opera House is located at 800 Davis Ave. and is handicapped accessible with free street parking. The concession stand will be open before the show. Reserved seats for adults are $10 and students are $5, plus a preservation fee. Tickets may be purchased online at www.corningoperahouse.com, State Bank of Brooks, afternoon office hours at the opera house, call 641-418-8037 or at the door.

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