The stage at Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners will be transformed into an African savannah as the Archbold Community Theatre presents “The Lion King Jr.”
Several young performers have roles in the show.
The villain of the show, Scar, is played by Josiah Ruiz, Archbold.
Hollyn Klopfenstein, Pettisville, plays Rafiki, an advisor to the king. She gathers the animals of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, played by Trace Schultheis, Napoleon, and Madelyn Westrick, Wauseon.
Ava Genter, Pettisville, is Young Nala, a lioness cub that is the best friend of Young Simba, the center of the story, played by CJ Ridley, Napoleon.
Sarafina, played by Caroline Sterken, Pettisville, is another lioness cub.
Amelia Canales, Ney, plays Zazu, a baby-sitter for Young Simba, Young Nala, and Sarafina.
Tessa Nafziger, Gage Nafziger, and Elsie Millo, all of Archbold, are three hyenas– Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
Tricked into believing that he caused the death of his father, Young Simba runs away, banished from his own kingdom. He encounters Timon and Pumbaa, played by Emma Bailey, Defiance, and Joshua Reeb, Stryker, and adopts their “no worries” lifestyle.
As the kingdom falls into ruin under the evil Scar, Nala seeks help and finds the now-grown Simba, played by Schultheis. With the help of Rafiki, Simba returns and reclaims his kingdom.
Members of the chorus include Kate Krueger, Adelynn Nafziger, and Julisa Nafziger, Archbold; Aubrey Clemens, McKenzie Clemens and Kennedy Morr, Stryker; Kathryn Bechtol, Delilah Chapa, Izabella Chapa, Adrienne Damman, and Luke Damman, Napoleon; Reece Miller, Defiance; and Annie Riegsecker, Holgate.
Teresa Van Sickle directs the production. MacKenna Whitacre is the choreographer. Both are from Archbold. Ryan Mooney, Continental, is the assistant director, and Bethany Riegsecker, Holgate, is the vocal director.
ACT presents “The Lion King Jr.” at Giffey Hall, in the Ridgeville Corners Theater District, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7. There will be a 2:30 pm performance on Sunday, Oct. 8.