Co-Directors Randy Hayes and Jill Bauerle celebrate the cooperative effort between the music and drama departments in the production of “Lion King Jr.” (Johnson Publications photo)

CCS spring musical production a hit with the community

    After months of practicing and long hours of coordinating and planning the musical production, “Lion King Jr.” debuted this past weekend.
    “I was extremely pleased with the final performances,” said Randy Hayes, who co-directed the production with Jill Bauerle.
    After deciding who would do what back in the fall, Bauerle and Hayes divided responsibilities.
    “Considering our own individual schedules, it was difficult having time to actually sit down and plan together, but we made it work,” said Hayes.
    With Bauerle coordinating costumes, there were 40-50 people involved in cutting, sewing, measuring and whatever else needed to be done. There were both donated and purchased material used for the costumes with many hours and hands helping.
    Karra Meeske, with a team of students, headed up the make-up and hair team. Cara Keating, a former member of 9th St. Singers, was the main choreographer. Brooke Pankonin, another former member of 9th St. Singers, originally taught the choreography that was used in “He Lives in You.”
    “Doing a musical requires faithful dedication from numerous individuals in order for it to be successful. If I started to name our volunteers, I would probably leave someone out,” said Hayes.

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