Submitted by Oswego schools
In the Oswego City School District, student musicals aren’t strictly limited to the high school.
It is common for the elementary school students to take the stage also, under the direction of their music teachers, perform in musical productions.
Recently, the students at the Kingsford Park Elementary School performed “The Lion King,” but they faced obstacles in mounting the production.
Under the direction of Lori Hotaling, the cast and stage crew worked quite hard to present an evening performance for families, students and community members. The dress rehearsal on stage at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts was canceled due to inclement weather and only one performance was possible.
The show was a success as lions, zebras, giraffes, hyenas and a wide variety of animals performed.
Simba (Julia Roman) and Mufasa (Abigail Yurkon) were in the spotlight in lead roles while the cast also included Zoey Young (Sarabi), Emily Borer (Bonzai), Nicole Pappa (Pumbaa), Cecile Laundre (Nala), Veronica Jones (Zazu), Angelina Kimpel (Safafina), Connor Beckwith (Ed), Victoria Trip (Groundhog), Grayson Cary (Scar), Alyssa Morley (Rafiki), Katherine Fierro (Shenzi) and Kirsten Bell (Timon).
The lionesses included Unity Morgan, Avalon Photos, Emily Marino, Shannon Law and Hunter Topley.
The narrators, jungle animals and vultures included Angeline Kimpel, Serena Muckey, Lilyann Mathews, Maya Sprague, Hayley Bandla, Isabella Rando, Samantha Cole, Taylar Clohecy and Jaylynn Schroeder.
The Pride Rock Chorus included a large number of students who assisted in adding their voices to the musical production.
Members of the chorus were Cammi Ahern, Edward Barbosa, Colin Beers, Nathan Blum, Alex Chetney, Casey DeLapp, Abigail Ellis, Michael Fierro, Donovan Goss, McKenna Hammill, Zachary Hoefer, Alynne Klumpe, Martin Lilly, Logan Matthews, Preston Norfleet, Camryn Pastor, Noah Pryor, Gage Reed, Morgan Russell, Jenna Saunders, Emma Searor, Henry Sweeney, Marisa Wallace and Emma Armet.
Also: Jade Bauer, Makayla Bell, Rachel Blum, Andrews Colon, Sydney DeLapp, Daniel Emmons, Lauren Fitzsimmons, McKenzie Graham, Hannah Hauser, Brennah Jones, Rylee Knox, Felicity Lim, Morgan Miller, Cadence O’Brien, Meghan Perras, Heather Ramirez, Nikki Regan, Ainsley Sailer, Alana Scalzo, Owen Sherwood, Samantha Terpening, William Waterbury, Clara Back and Jaidyn Baum.
Also: Anthony Blakeley, Connor Calabro, Mary Culeton, Jersie Demott, Hailey Farella, Kaydin France, Erica Greene, Vanessa Hill, Cheyenne Ketchum, Isabella Koproski, Kayleigh Litchison, Alexander Niger, Tristan Orr, Shawn Perras, Evan Rando, Neil Roman, Madison Sailer, Jelena Scalzo, Mia Stanley, Blake Uribe, Toby Baker, Tristan Beebe and Kamryn Bletch.
Also: Jordan Caroccio, Joah Defren, Declan Donahue, Mia Fierro, Kendra Garvey, Rebecca Haines, Sydney Hoefer, Riley King, Sofie Kristiansen, Shane Martin, Anne Niger, Jude Parker, Charlotte Pettit, Collins Reed, Gianna Ruggio, Tabitha Sailer, Natasha Schroeder, Grace Stephens and Allison VanBrocklin.