It’s a Disney film people have lobed for over 20 years, and this weekend, it’s heading to the stage for a show full of song and dance.
Happening now…Emily Medalen is live to tell us about one local dance studio’s first ever “big screen meets broadway” production.
Tim and Alysia, performers here at DanceWorx have spent almost 5 months perfecting their portrayal of The Lion King.
Director Joshua Wise has taken the classic movie and combined it with broadway-style dancing, creating a masterpiece that will unfold on stage this weekend.
I spoke with the dancers about what goes in to putting together a show this big.
“It’s just an amazing show!” said Tayler Villarreal, dancer.
Young performers at DanceWorx are putting their blood, sweat and tears into bringing the Lion King to life.
“To be able to bring this local talent to the stage is pretty exciting,” said Val Schafer, Co-Owner, DanceWorx.
The main cast has spent hours fine-tuning each and every step and lyric, 7 days a week.
“It’s kind of hard, but it’s still a fun challenge to do,” said Villarreal.
“It’s been a lot of hard work on their part, but they’ve stepped up to the plate,” said Shannon Herman, Co-Owner, DanceWorx.
Putting on this production has incorporated a skill that most of these dancers aren’t used to – one that goes beyond memorizing choreography.
“We’ve had people come in and help us with our acting skills, and then we’ve had people help us with the dancing portion of it,” said Makyia Herman.
“We’re been improving on most of it, and I think we’re doing very well,” said Villarreal.
They said getting comfortable acting as animals on stage has been nothing short of a challenge.
“It’s a lot of work to come in here and focus on it, and not focus on anything else going on,” said Herman.
As show time approaches, the anticipation continues to build…
“I’m really excited to see how everyone really lets their whole character come out completely on stage,” said Makyia Herman, Dancer.
And they plan on coming out with a roar.
“It’s just going to be great,” said Tayler Villarreal, Dancer.
Saturday, 2:00 and 7:00, and 2:00 Sunday at the Belle Mehus
Tickets can be purchased online at tututix.com or danceworxbismarck.com.
It’ll be interesting to see how these dancers bring out all of the emotions of the film – so exciting!