By Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousak, co-producers
Jan. 23, 2019: Next Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, elementary school students in grades three, four, and five will bring the musical Lion King Pridelands to the stage. One hundred fifty children are participating in the production, which will come together in only nine short days.
This year, co-producers and teachers Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousek have coordinated efforts with NYRKS, headed up by director Leisha Horin. “Ms. Leisha,” as the children affectionately call her, is a former Bronxville parent with an extensive musical theater background. In fact, Ms. Leisha was the choreographer for the elementary school play several years ago, and she also ran several theater camps in this area before her family relocated to California.
Innumerable parents have been enthusiastically involved in supporting the program. Without their tireless assistance, a production like this would not be possible. Our amazing “drama mamas” and costumers go above and beyond in every way possible. Aronson and Fousek are in awe of their time, commitment, and energy. “After all these years, it continues to amaze us how supportive the elementary school community is of the theater arts!” they say. “Each year, we watch our involved students collaborate, discover, and reach a newfound potential.”
As it is every year, the halls of Bronxville School were “abuzz” when rehearsals began, with children, teachers, and parents anticipating the next two weeks. As stated by a cast member, “I love coming to rehearsal every day. It’s so awesome!”
THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME: TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Tickets will be sold online at https://lionkingpridelands.eventbrite.com/ beginning today, Wednesday, January 23, and extending through Friday, January 25. Any tickets remaining will be sold at the door. Please come and enjoy the show.
Pictured at top: The exterior of the Bronxville School auditorium.
Photo by A. Warner
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