The Lion King Jr
has been described as the "Hamilton
of Lancaster County". This was evident by how difficult it was to get tickets for the number of sold out performances. Those who were fortunate enough to witness first-hand the amazing cast of 70 will agree this was no ordinary Kids4Kids
production on the EPAC stage. From the moment you entered the theater, your "Lion King Jr experience" began. Patrons were transported to a jungle environment with background music, lobby décor, and red carpet step and repeat where masks and props were available as you took photos.
The Lion King Jr
gave our audiences the insight of how musical theater can have a dramatic effect on the lives of our young performers. Each cast member took on the challenge to tell this story in a way that was genuine and authentic, allowing them to carry over the narrative component of The Lion King Jr
. We believe this ownership by the cast was one of many ingredients to the success of the show. Another contributor were parents who volunteered their time and energy behind the scenes. To have both parent and child experience the process together is a gift.
Over the past six years, the Kids4Kids productions have certainly changed in their quality and standard of expectations. This would not have been possible without the continual support of our patrons and season sponsors, whose generosity has built our program to what it is now. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the amazing production team who share the same passion, dedication, and investment in the Kids4Kids Series. We applaud you.
From the beginning, we knew our journey was going to be filled with complexity and unchartered territory. The Lion King Jr
transformed the lives of individuals on the stage and off the stage. The show awakened the endless possibilities and potential of our young performers. It also enriched relationships among the cast that will no doubt last a lifetime. Based on the talented cast, we were confident that this production had the potential to be among our greatest achievements on stage and would transcend the hearts of our audiences. And it did just that.
Many have asked me about next year’s production, "How are you going to top this?" My response: "You will just have to wait and see!"