The Divas and Dudes Dance Academy transported people to Pride Rock last Friday with their roaring performance of “The Lion King.” The performance, which took place at Holy Trinity Church, was the highlight of DDDA’s annual summer workshop for children aged 5-12.
The workshop began on Monday, July 25, giving the band just four days to rehearse before the final performance on Friday. Despite having little time to practice, the young stars still manage to pull it out of the bag, producing an accomplished and entertaining production of “The Lion King.” The lines were memorized, the songs were sung with confidence, and every dance move was perfectly timed! From the talented actors playing the lead roles of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba and Scar, to the adorable ‘cub bugs’, every child has helped make the show a smash hit.
The DDDA summer workshop has existed for more than 10 years. This was the first time it had been held at Holy Trinity Church, usually taking place at Trinity Hall. However, as the hall is used as a hub for Ukrainian refugee families, the Reverend Duncan Carter proposed the use of his church as an alternative.
The show couldn’t have gone on without the dedication of the DDDA team: helpers Alex and Lauren, dance manager Miss Natalie, writer and music director extraordinaire Miss Laura, and of course the creator of Divas & Dudes Dance Academy, Stephanie Maxwell.
Stephanie explained why they chose ‘The Lion King’, “We’ve been through quite a few musicals over the past 10 years. Last year we did Aladdin. We pretty much covered them all, and we we just thought of The Lion King, because we had such a diverse lineup of kids from five to 12, there’s just a part for everyone. It’s a very easy show to put together.
She continued, “I couldn’t be prouder. They really took it out of the bag. Every year they amaze me more and more. We think it’s going to be good, but they just blew my mind, it’s amazing. It’s the most kids we’ve ever had – there are 37 in all on stage now. I remember the very first show we did was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and we had about 12 kids. We are running out of shows! I heard whispers of children for Mary Poppins and Encanto next year. Leave it to us, we have another 12 months, and I’m sure we’ll see you all again next year.