Home' Nonahood News : NONA 050116 Contents Lion King Jr. is Coming to Lake
Lake Nona Middle School will perform
Lion King Jr. on Friday, May 13, and Sat-
urday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Nona
High School Auditorium. Directed by dra-
ma teacher Brandon Yagel, the play will
be the largest Lake Nona Middle School
has ever offered, with 35 student actors
and 25 student crewmembers.
According to playbill.com, Lion King Jr. has been available to license for a little
over a year. In theatre terms, that is relatively new. Mr. Yagel jumped at the op-
portunity, knowing the popularity of the full-scale Lion King production. The show
is available to license only in the Junior or Kids format, which means only certain
middle and elementary schools are able to purchase the rights to perform the show.
In order to see the full-scale version, it must be on Broadway in New York or with
the Broadway touring company (neither will come through Orlando any time soon).
I spoke to seventh-grader Diana Mukoie-Carcamo, who is playing the role of
Rafiki. She came from North Lake Park and was a member of the chorus there.
Her role is one of the most important in the play. According to Mr. Yagel, he has
directed it so it has an intimate feel as Rafiki tells the story of the Lion King. It
is Diana’s first time doing theatre, but she’s been singing since first grade. She’s
excited about performing and is looking forward to bringing newness to the role.
I also spoke to Paige Becwar, a seventh grader who is one of the two stage man-
agers. She was a student at Moss Park and was a Moss Park Player as well. Paige
has performed and worked backstage. She says she likes both. “As a stage man-
ager, I see everything, all the details. As a performer, I focus on the character’s de-
tails. There is a lot of running as a stage manager, but both are equally fulfilling.”
Mr. Yagel is a local “Orlandian,” having performed with the Orlando Reper-
tory Theatre and the Orlando Youth Theatre. He has a theatre degree from the
University of Florida as well as a Master’s Degree from UCF in Theatre for Young
Audiences. Mr. Yagel has a strong vision and is able to motivate and direct his
young cast well.
For tickets, make sure to check out LNMS.booktix.com.
The Giving Tree
Moss Park Elementary School’s gifted class, SPARK, is planning their community
service event. They are looking for sponsors to attend their Pet-Pawloosa event
scheduled for June 4 at Moss Park Elementary. All proceeds from the event will
benefit the Canine Companions for Independence. You are invited to “rent” a
table for $50 to showcase your area business. The event runs from 10 a.m. -1 p.m .
with set-up beginning at 9 a.m. Please contact Lisa Whalen at lisam.whalen@ocps.
net or 407-249-4747 x4202489 so you can be added to the growing list of spon-
sors. ALL COMMUNITIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
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8 MAY 2016
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