Kevin Bailey, an actor and producer who was in the original Broadway production of “The Lion King,” visited Pasadena’s Frostig Center recently. Mailey shared his expertise and gave insight to students rehearsing for their performance of the Disney classic this April.
Now that he’s turned to producing, with his acting days behind him, he gives back to the community of actors just starting out. Bailey talked with students and drama instructor Christina Harris about key themes of the play and explored the characters of Simba, Scar, and Rafiki with the young actors playing those roles. Bailey also ran through a musical number with Scar and the hyenas who serve as his evil henchmen.
Bailey was the Scar understudy when The Lion King debuted on Broadway in 1997. He has many other theatrical credits and is currently the producing director of NoHo Arts Center Ensemble in North Hollywood.
Bailey concluded his visit by leading students through a group performance of the play’s theme song, “Circle of Life.” He then told the students to always leave their audience feeling hopeful. “There can never be a time that goodness does not overcome evil,” he said. “Sorry, hyenas.” Frostig School has an active drama department and they put on student performances twice a year. “Arts programs are important for all children, but particularly for children with learning differences as academics are very challenging for them. The performances gives them a whole new area they can excel in and build confidence,” says Yuki Jimbo, Development Director at The Frostig Center.
The Frostig School production of “The Lion King” will be performed April 28 and 29 at 7pm. The performance is free and no tickets are required. Frostig School is located at 971 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena and serves children grades 1-12 who have learning differences. For additional information, call (626) 791-1255 or visit our website at www.frostigschool.org.