When I was a kid, the only acting I did was to get out of trouble or to get something I wanted.
These days kids get involved in theater groups, dance companies, art clubs and other groups where they can learn to put their acting skills to work.
Recently, I was invited to a practice run of The Lion King Jr. that’s being performed by the Aggie Theatre. I honestly wasn’t prepared for these kids at all.
When I got to Albertville High School South Hall, I saw kids running to the building with their backpacks and big smiles. I was thinking that maybe there would be like 30 kids in this play, but no, there were more than 100 kids there to practice for the big show. I was a little nervous, because I was planning to stay for the entire two-hour practice. And, I just wasn’t sure how that was going to go.
To my surprise, director Kelleybrooke Brown, or as the kids call her KB, clapped her hands a few times and every-single-one of those kids clapped right back in unison. They all listened carefully to her directions, and they sat down for her to take attendance. I thought to myself, these are some very well-behaved kids, and KB really knows her stuff.
Once the practice began, I saw how dedicated these kids are. They didn’t just go through the motions. They were really great little actors. Each emotion was there in their faces and tones as they delivered the lines. During the comical parts of the play, they were really clever and funny. On top of all of that, they could really dance and sing with the best of Hollywood. They’re just amazing.
I caught myself several times singing along to the songs that I learned way back in the day when I was young, and The Lion King movie came out. If you’re a fan of the movie and the songs in it, this play is a must-see. These kids have been working so hard to learn their lines, the choreography and all of the other things that come along with being in a big show.
I can’t wait to see them hit the main stage at the Albertville Fine Arts Center. Hopefully, you all can make it out to support them. The shows will be on March 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m.
Nickie Simpson is a staff writer for The Reporter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.