Nearly 60 student actors between the ages of 9-15 are ready to perform Disney's "The Lion King Jr." at the Andria Theatre starting Thursday.
This show is the second production this summer for students in the theater's Student Theatre Project. The first was "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
David Christman will again direct the student performance. He said the cast has "worked tirelessly" on the production.
"They have cleaned, painted, designed and created," said Christman. "All the while they have rehearsed and become family. Extra performances at Party in the Street, as well as this past weekend's Art in the Park, had the cast sweating and working together."
"The Lion King Jr." opens Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Performances will run through Aug. 3 and then again from Aug. 7-10, all starting at 7 p.m.
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor, Disney's "The Lion King Jr." has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again.
Christman said not only does the play have amazingly talented local kids performing, it also features incredible and mind-blowing costumes, as well as fabulous vocals.

"They are truly amazing and wonderful and I can't wait for the Lakes Area to see them turn it loose!" he said.


Rafiki – Parker Zwach (voice, head and feet)

Rafiki’s hands – Piper Newman

Mufasa – Ben Cook

Sarabi – Leah Zenner

Zazu – Avery Sinning

Scar – Addison Randazzo

Young Simba – Emily Staples

Older Simba – Tai Auran

Young Nala – Savannah Auran

Older Nala – Abigail Nelson

Sarafina – Mahri Kolar

Banzai – Max Chinn

Shenzi – Abigail Schmitz

Ed – Brandan Ruffcorn

Timon – Sailor Peterson

Pumbaa – Roxanne Sweetwater

Lionesses: Kylee Dummer, Irene McDaniels, Lauren Heseltine, Lucy Gustafson and Alexis Dummer

Lioness ensemble: Tahira Schaffran, Sofia Wray, Abigail Brault, Haley Srock and Aubrie Johnson

Grasses and jungle: Abby Faber, Malorie Raether, Chloe Roed, Brookellyn Lesnau, Linnea Hoven, Alexis Loosbrock, Sammi Swensrud, Emily Barten, Addy Auran and Annika Bjorndahl

Hyena ensemble: Noah Bjorndahl, Keenan Brusso, Niklas Cook, Brandon Arvidson, Adison Newman and Erick Bergerson

Animal ensemble: Cru Peterson, Olivia Zollner, Brooke Nelson, Mia Meier, Anna Hanson, Jayme O’Brein, Bailee Hovland, Alaina Loosbrock, Grace Shurson, Noah Wiethoff, Gavin Srock, Dillon Bock, Ethan Gehrke, Blake Steussy, Bryce Rustman and Nathan Cook


Director – David Christman

Assistant director/stage manager – Holly Wallerich

Choreographer – Lindsey Ann

Assistant choreographers: Lauren Russel, Mya Santelman, Bianca Wagner, Jeryn Drewes and Brent Strandskov

Music director – Cindy Roos

Costume design/construction – Zoe Johnson

Hair and make-up – KD Tomoson

Assistant hair and make-up – Jordan Rymer, Hannah Rinicker and Brooke Houska

Backstage hands – Myra Nelson, Mya Santelman and Jordan Rymer

Set designer/construction – Regan Peterson

Props – Holly Wallerich and Donna Magnuson

Sound design – Greg Raether

Light design – Donna Magnuson, David Christman and Regan Peterson

Sound technician – Lauren Russell

Light technician – Jenny Raether


WHAT: “The Lion King Jr.”

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 1-3 and Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10, with all shows at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Andria Theatre, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria

TICKETS: Go to or call the box office at 320-762-8300.