Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng presents 5th annual production, ‘The Lion King’

The cast of Lakeview School’s The Lion King sing the final song ‘The Circle of Life’ concluding the spring production. The group performed the production to three sold out crowds last week and was very well received.

Show combines dynamic costumes, great acting and stunning sets

M’CHIGEENG—Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng has done it again with another great spring production, this year tackling the dramatic and vibrant The Lion King.

“This production has been four months in the making,” explained co-director Connie Freeman at last Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, noting how much work the students have put into the production.

The amazing cast, dynamic costumes and beautiful sets came together perfectly to create a production that will be remembered for years to come.

Scar, performed by Darci Debassige, tricks Simba, Jaron Panamick, to visit the elephant graveyard. photos by Robin Burridge
Scar, performed by Darci Debassige, tricks Simba, Jaron Panamick, to visit the elephant graveyard.
photos by Robin Burridge

Darci Debassige gave a standout performance as Scar. Her portrayal of the sinister want-to-be king was spot on, as were her hyena companions Banzai (Dylan Corbiere), Ed (Hanna Lovelace) and Shenzi (Alex Joshua-Mathews).

The role of the precocious Simba was shared by Jaron Panamick, as young Simba, and Shade Kaiser, as adult Simba. Both actors shone in their challenging lead roles, as did their counterparts young Nala, played by Zaagaasge Corbiere, and adult Nala, played by Julie Panamick-Ense.

The hilarious duo of Timon and Pumbaa were performed by the talented Arnold Cada and Natashia Bebonang, respectively.

Crowd favourites were Zazu, played by Aspen Debassige, and Rafiki, played by Mitchal Roy.

Sarabi, played by Kaylee Corbiere, Sarafina, played by Odemin Beaudin, Lioness, acted by Sage Migwans and Mufasa, Kingsley Roy, were all fierce in their lioness/lion roles.   

Adult Simba, Shade Kaiser, and adult Nala, Julie Panamick-Ense, sing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’
Adult Simba, Shade Kaiser, and adult Nala, Julie Panamick-Ense, sing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’

The chorus, who juggled multiple roles of the savannah animals, grass and a variety of other parts, included: Savannah Panamick, Mia Armstrong, Ian McCauley, Zaagaasge Corbiere, Hannah Lovelace, Aspen Debassgie, Destiney Bebonang, Ava Corbiere and Harmony Panamick.

Lakeview Principal Neil Debassige commented that it was one of the best dress rehearsals in recent years and commended the students and staff on an amazing production.

“Congratulations on a fantastic job,” said Mr. Debassige. “The cast and all the crew behind the scenes doing the technique stuff—everyone did great. There were so many people involved in this production and a lot of hours put into making it such a success.”

A crowd favourite was ‘Hakuna Matata’ sang by Timon (Arnold Cada), Pumbaa (Natashia Bebonang) and young Simba, Jaron Panamick.
A crowd favourite was ‘Hakuna Matata’ sang by Timon (Arnold Cada), Pumbaa (Natashia Bebonang) and young Simba, Jaron Panamick.

The crew included: directors, Kristin Farquhar, Craig Cress, Dianne Glasby-Debassige, Meagan Middleton and Connie Freeman; musical director, Jennifer Holub; dramatic consultant, Joanne Smith; props, John Roy and the Grade 8 class, Meagan Middleton and the Lakeview School Art Club, Nicole Fox and Dianne Glasby-Debassige; set design, Adam Roy, Bud Debassige and Nicole Fox; costume design, Dorothy Glasby, Deb Seabrook, Meagan Middleton, Dianne Glasby-Debassige, Isadora Bebamash and Ann Cada; makeup and hair, Kristin Farquhar, Candi Kaiser and Meagan Middleton; sound, Amy Mavec; lights, Bailey Laford; prompter, Karen McColman; graphic design, Candi Kaiser; refreshment canteen, Travis Corbiere and the Lakeview Grade 4 class; and door, Gayle Payette.

The school performed three productions of The Lion King, all to full houses including the dress rehearsal of 300 individuals including Lakeview School students and Manitoulin Lodge residents, an Island school-wide production to over 350 students from Manitoulin public schools and an evening performance to another full house of parents, community members and Islanders.

Lakeview School has had great success with their spring productions including Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.