Hickory – A family production for all ages, the Disney Junior version of The Lion King will be performed this weekend, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 with both shows starting at 7pm.

Presented by the theatre arts academy students of Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), the performances will be held at the SALT Block/Drendel Auditorium, Catawba County Council for the Arts (243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601).

Admission is $10 at the door on Friday which includes snacks (African cuisine of grains/nuts prepared by Brian Lee, culinary academy student); and admission for Saturday is $5 (no refreshments included with the Saturday night ticket).

Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor, the HCAM production is directed by Jackie Finley, theatre arts instructor. With music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, some of the favorites will be heard during the performance.

Audience members will recognize Circle of Life, I just Can’t Wait to be King, Hakuna Matata, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

Students from various academies at HCAM have contributed to the production of The Lion King with student-designed programs, costumes, scenery, props, and photography. Students are also running the technical needs for the production and serve as part of the stage crew.

For more details, contact Jackie Finley at HCAM: 828-328-6738 or finleyja@hickoryschools.net

Photo: HCAM’s The Lion King cast with Director Jackie Finley