Lion King engages community in February
Posted Mar 04, 2019
Disney’s The Lion King has a way to bring people together. From first-time theatergoers to returning fans, this beloved musical has a way of reaching out to inspire and entertain the masses.
On its third visit to the Fox Cities P.A.C., The Lion King welcomed more than 44,000 patrons for 23 performances, nearly 7,000 of whom were first time visitors of the Fox Cities P.A.C. Some came from as far away as Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan to enjoy the show.
In addition to the performances on stage, visiting cast and crew members participated in nearly a dozen special opportunities including chatbacks, meet and greets, school visits and workshops that engaged more than 800 individuals.
Included in those engagement were small, but profoundly impactful moments like when Gerald Ramsey (Mufasa) visited Kaleidoscope Academy. Gerald had met Kristine Glenn (theater educator from Kaleidoscope) in Saudi Arabia where Kristine was a teacher and Gerald was a high school student. Kristine cast Gerald in his first high school production. Now, several years later and almost 7,000 miles away, Gerald visited with Kristine’s current theater students, and others from Kaleidoscope, sharing the inspirational story of how he made it to be touring with The Lion King.
The engagements also included a visit with Columbus Elementary and Appleton Bilingual School students for Get Up and Go, a program focused on healthy food choices and movement, where students worked with cast members on exercising and learning choreography from the show.
And also, a chatback with Nuestro Mundo Community School out of Monoa Wisconsin near Madison, who are preparing their own production of The Lion King Jr. this year.
“We had a great time. The show was amazing, and the kids were perfectly poised to take it all in and really learn from it. Thank you so much for your extra legwork to accommodate us for the chatback - the kids hung on to their every word!” said Katie Hayden, an educator at the school.
“The mission of the Fox Cities P.A.C. is to be a gathering place for the entire community and it was our pleasure to present The Lion King once again to audiences both young and young-at-heart.” said Fox Cities P.A.C. Director of Marketing and Communications Trisha Witt. “In addition to the performances we were fortunate to have cast members take time and engage the community in order to share the arts with more people and in meaningful ways.”