Lion King - Feb. 28, 2013
By JOE HORNADAY
FORTVILLE — The Christian Youth Theater of Indianapolis is set to bring a familiar tale and powerful lessons to the community with an upcoming show at Mt. Vernon High School.
The production, “Pridelands,” is “based on Disney’s The Lion King,” the show’s artistic director Angela Manlove said.
Performances will be March 7-10, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Mt. Vernon High School’s auditorium.
“Pridelands” is an original musical with book and lyrics by Jennifer Stafford and music by Walter Harvey, written exclusively for CYT. It was inspired by the story of “The Lion King” and takes place in Africa while telling a tale of rivalry, betrayal and forgiveness with the importance of making good decisions.
In this story, the main character Duma loses his father, and is left wondering what his path will become. After being banished, Duma must contend with his scheming brother.
The cast of young actors hails from all over central Indiana, from Zionsville and Carmel to Greenwood to Hancock County’s Abbey and Grace Willmann of Fortville and Jonathan Albright of McCordsville.
The night of the first show will coincide with CYT’s Family Night at Mt. Vernon. Anyone enrolled in the school can get into the first night’s show for free with a school ID. Children who come and get in free can bring their parents for just $5 per adult at the first show.
For information and tickets, go to www.cytindy.org.