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The TheatreWorksEDU student productions of Disney’s The Lion King KIDS and Seussical JR begin this week at the New Albany Amphitheater. The performances are July 11, 12, 18, 19, & 20 at 7:30 p.m and they are free to the public. Both productions are directed/music-directed by Katie Maras Haulter, assistant-directed by Brooklyn Chalfant, choreographed by Sarah Gahagen, and tech-directed by Kota Earnhardt.
The 60+ students involved with these two shows have been rehearsing since May. “It has been such a pleasure working with these talented young performers,” said Gahagen. “These kids have willingly given up much of their summer break to practice and that enthusiasm shines through on stage. It is such a positive experience not only for the children, but for us adults as well.”
Gahagen shared, ““These are such great shows with such fun music. It has been such a privilege to work with these kids and see them learning and growing as performers. They have worked so hard all summer, and I think we are all looking forward to seeing all the pieces come together into a great performance!”
Haulter is no stranger to working with student actors of all ages. She directed The Lion King KIDS at Clarksville Little Theater last summer, and is currently the theatre director at Hazelwood Middle School. Haulter shared, “The kids and teens in both Lion King KIDS and Seussical, Jr. have devoted their summer to honing their acting, singing, and dancing skills, and I couldn’t be prouder of all they have accomplished. These are perfect shows for the whole family to join us in celebrating – including little ones – and to share New Albany and Southern Indiana’s love of theatre for all ages.”
These productions are an effort to provide summer activities and positive experiences for students. “The focus of this project has been on the students,” said Dr. Jason Roseberry, Executive Director for TheatreWorks of SoIN. “From the acting, set work, lighting, and sound, these students have worked with professionals and then had the responsibility handed off to them for the performances.”