'Cirque du Leon'

Le Cirque Centre presents its dance theatre students in a performance of "Cirque du Leon." Directed and choreographed by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, the show was inspired by the story of "The Lion King," and features aerial acrobatics, drama, dance and 70 dancers ranging in age from 6 to 16. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12; with a — p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, at Le Cirque Centre, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland.

The story begins as giraffes 10-feet tall (students walking on stilts) enter the stage followed by zebras shaping their bodies inside of colorful sun rays made of aerial fabric and suspended from a 20-foot ceiling. The young lion Simba (Tiana SantaBarbara) loses his father, the Lion King Mufasa (Yeruti Estigarribia). Simba's uncle Scar (Marina Vieve Harding) seizes the throne and becomes the new king. When Simba grows up (played by Yeruti Estigarribia) he must reclaim his father's throne, rescue his mother Zazu (Malissa Lamore) and become the rightful Lion King.

Other major characters are played by Collin Malcolm, Aniela Klinfelter, Ashley Hoe, Montana Yarley, Marley Fuller, Nashala MacNamara, Michelli Hawkins and Victoria Lawton. The performers dance off the walls and fly through the air on trapeze, aerial fabric, aerial ring and ropes. Lions attack one another as they dart through space from wall to wall in the new Star Light Theatre at Le Cirque Centre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, $6 preview (all ages). Tickets are available at Tree House books and Le Cirque Centre in Ashland.

For information call 301-6804.

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