PRMS students take Disney's Lion King Jr. on the road
The Musical Theatre Department at Porter Ridge Middle School will present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. in the Porter Ridge High School auditorium at 9:30 a.m. and at noon on Dec. 2nd for students at Poplin, Stallings, Hemby Bridge and Porter Ridge Elementary schools. The musical will then be performed for the general public on Dec. 3rd and Dec. 4th at 7:00 p.m. Admission at these evening performances will be $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Porter Ridge Middle School students in the production range from sixth through eighth graders. The school received a grant from the Union County Community Arts Council to help pay for costumes and scenery.
The show will be taken on the road in January of 2016 when chorus teacher Bridget Burrows takes her students to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga. Burrows said she is very honored to be performing at this event, as PRMS is the only public school in North Carolina invited to perform.
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