For the first time in a decade – Cootamundra Public School is putting on a stage performance.
The Lion King Kids performance has already sold out with 500 tickets being snapped up by parents, family and members of the community.
A limited run of five shows will finish on Thursday night.
Teacher Jo Trickett is the show’s producer and said everything the students could do; dancing, singing, props and backgrounds, was done by students.
The only outside help is from CADAS Kids who are doing make-up and DMX Technologies which trained two year 6 students to operate the light and sound controls.
Parents have also sourced raffle prizes to help pay for supplies.
“The aim of this is to make it sustainable, so we’ll be able to do it more frequently,” Mrs Trickett said.
Students have been working on the production for two months and Mrs Tricket said the show part of NSW Education Week.
For Emily Crawford it’s the first time that she’s been involved in a stage production, the year 5 student will play Zazu – Mufasa’s assistant.
“I’m excited I got the role. Zazu is sort of a bit funny, he says some silly things and I really enjoy playing the character,” Emily said.
“I’m a little nervous, but I’ve done dancing in front of a crowd before so I know what it’s like.”
It’s also the first stage show for Cooper Jones who plays one of the Hyenas and is sharing the role with others.
Cooper said it was good to share a role as there was the chance for the group to learn their part together.
While there’s a few acting and singing roles up for grabs, Ryan Hughes is among those who secured probably the best and will be singing the song Hakuna Matata.
Hakuna matata in Swahili translates to mean ‘no worries’.
Ryan will be one of the students playing Timon and while feeling excited and nervous at being part of his first stage show, said he’d be do it again if he had the chance.
As a curtain raiser, kindergarten to year 2 students will perform, before The Lion King begins around 300 students will be on stage during the finale.