Artstarts Company is a Southern Illinois based, non-profit charitable organization devoted to making the "Arts" accessible to all Southern Illinois children. We connect the community through the arts. We help artists astound the world by sharing what they are capable of becoming.
Our goal is to provide opportunities in the arts to a diverse population with the goal of including those who do not now participate in art programs due to cultural or economic barriers. The programs offered by Artstarts, a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization,
are for residents who reside in the southern 14 counties of Illinois.
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- Click here to find out our awards at the January 2015 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta
- Click here to see the results of our "Arabian Nights" 2015 Art Contest for Kids
- Click here for Flag program, Let us install a Flag in your yard on Flag Holidays in 2015!
- Click here to find out the benefits to becoming an Artstarts Member
- Click here to register and pay for participation in the Lion King, Jr. production
Hang on to your hats, another SUPER-GREAT Artstarts year is here! More activities and programs are being planned
and further information will be available soon. 2015 is our 10th year of bringing kids shows to the Southern Illinois area;
come join the fun and help us celebrate!
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Lion King Ticket Sales at The Civic Center
Patron Sales - Start September 16, 2015
Member Sales - Start September 28, 2015 (10 tickets in advance)
Cast Ticket Day - October 3, 2015
Public - October 5, 2015
The Lion King Jr. Cast List
October 1, 2015
Congratulations to everyone!! We had a lot of very tough decisions to make but are very pleased to announce our casts for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.! Please note that if a name does not appear on this list that they are still cast in the ensemble.
Contact Stage Manager Hillary Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an e-mail to ArtstartsTheLionKing@gmail.com. Thank you, and again congratulations!!
Young Simba – Hunter Loeh
Young Nala – Ella Tate
Simba – Reed Absher
Nala – Christine Bryant
Mufasa – Braxdyn Melvin
Scar – Lance Shimkus
Rafiki – Danielle Furtak
Timon – Jordan Terrana
Pumbaa – Jewlee Meadows
Zazu – Michaelah Troutt
Shenzi – Briley Engram
Bonzai – Elijah Odle
Ed – Erica Hansen
Sarabi – Sarah Sanders
Sarafina – Kat Adams
Young Simba – Kelsey Jurich
Young Nala – Ava Barker
Simba – Braxdyn Melvin
Nala – Alexa Boese
Mufasa – Reed Absher
Scar – Ryan Holland
Rafiki – Sam Blankenship
Timon – Ashton Randolph
Pumbaa – Haile Waddell
Zazu – Morgan Bunch
Shenzi – Olivia Hutchcraft
Bonzai – Shibani Mody
Ed – Avree Robinson
Sarabi – Allison Jones
Sarafina – Zoe Zimbro
Bella Morris – Dance Captain
Alex Estes – Dance Captain
please send a letter of interest and/or resume to email@example.com at any time.Our fabulous staff and all the kids are working at a furious pace for what is sure to be an extraordinary Fall 2015 show!
If you are interested in participating in staff or volunteer positions for future productions, (or any of our many activities!), please send a letter of interest and/or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
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Lions, Leads and Leaders Masters Class will be happening this Fall! This one-day professional class will be taught by Lawrence O'Neill, BFA Music Theater. Lawrence worked at Music Theater International, New York, in the Summer of 2014. He worked on several projects and was integral in developing the Lion King Experience that was used for our Theater Camp. Please keep an eye out for news on the date for this Master class. It is sure to be very interesting!
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Artstarts is proud to announce the remainder of our 2015 show schedule.....
November 20-22, 2015: The Lion King Jr.
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