RBR VPA Summer Academy to Present The Lion King Jr. on August 10
The Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts Summer Academy will present The Lion King, JR. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 7 pm at the RBR auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person. RBR is located at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver New Jersey. The musical is a 60 minute abbreviated version of Disney’s Lion King Broadway Production featuring Tim Rice’s prolific songs including “Circle of Life”, "Hakuna Matata", “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” among others. "Simba, Mufasa, and Nala and other unforgettable characters will take the RBR stage which will be transformed into the savannah of Africa. Over 50 students will take part in the musical production, and a special preview art exhibit will feature the creative art work of other campers.
The RBR Summer Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, which is supervised by RBR music teacher Kristopher Zook, provides an exploratory visual and performing arts program for middle school students and rising freshmen. In many instances, this program has provided an introduction to the RBR VPA for many of its majors. The program is offered over five weeks in the summer and is divided into a first half, two week rotation of all visual and performing arts including dance, drama, crafts, creative writing, piano, percussion, recording arts, visual art and vocal music. During the final three weeks, campers choose to concentrate on either the musical theatre tract (including acting, dancing and singing) or the visual arts tract, which includes fine arts and handcrafts.
The program operates with staff members who teach in the RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy during the school year as well as guest artists. Many RBR VPA students and graduates return each summer as counselors to the campers. The program is totally self-sustained by tuition and there is always some funding available to provide scholarships for those who demonstrate a strong desire to participate but cannot afford the program.