Western Hills Presents the “Lion King Kids” Iowa Premiere

Western Hills Elementary Drama will present the premiere Iowa performance of “Lion King Kids,” an elementary school adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, 3 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 21, and 3 p.m. on Nov. 22, in the Western Hills Elementary Gym, 600 39th St., West Des Moines.

Western Hills is the first Iowa elementary school to secure rights to perform “Lion King Kids.” Multiple ensembles of students in grades 2-6 make up the 75-person cast. Community volunteers have provided support for the production, directed by district parent Jim Miller. Musical numbers in the adaptation include “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” and other favorites from the 1994 film and the musical, now in its 17th year on Broadway. The set centers on a climbable Pride Rock, and handcrafted costumes from Coal City Middle School in Coal City, Illinois, include body-size puppets, masks, headpieces, and stilts.

This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The performance is free and open to the public, but will accept free will donations.