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'The Lion King' ready for spotlight at MMS
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Maddison Markham, as young Simba, and Kaitlyn Elgin, as young Nala, sing during a dress rehearsal of "The Lion King" at Monroe Middle School on Monday. Performances of the musical will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is a free-will donation. To order either of these photos, click here. (Times photos: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Hakuna Matata means "no worries," and the Monroe Middle School students putting on their latest musical hope they can embrace the easygoing mantra for the rest of their days as they prepare for performances this week. Lance Smith, co-director of the production of the "Lion King," said the aim of the show is to once again put on an entertaining evening of Disney tunes for the audience. "In the last couple of years we did "The Little Mermaid' and "The Beauty and the Beast' and it goes over so well when the audience knows the songs and everything is so familiar," Smith said.

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