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Preps Dance School & Co. is back this spring with its second annual Spring Production of "Untamed" at the Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand.
Inspired by Disney's animated film and Broadway musical "The Lion King," performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15.
With an African background, the Shakespearian theme of jealously, pride and royal legacy will play out the story of the hero versus the villain told by Rafiki, played by Natalie Schwerdfeger. Preps Dance showcases various genres of music and dance to tell the well-known tale.
Mufasa, played by Alyssa Chute, is King of the Pride Land who has a jealous brother who would like to replace Mufasa's title. With the help of three young dancers in an evil plan to kill the King, Mufasa dies leaving the throne open to her villain brother Scar, played by Emily Palmer. Scar blames the death of the King on Mufasa's son Simba, played by both Marlo Paolini and Kayla Nguyen, and advises him never to return to the Prideland. Nala, played by Annabelle Long and Kimberly Nguyen, finds Simba and encourages him to return to his rightful place on the throne.
Though this is Preps Dance's second production, the company has been successful in its short time in DeLand. This year alone Preps Dance Co. has danced in more than 15 shows, including Athens' charity events, various festivals, competition and at Disney.
Ticket prices are $16 for preferred, $14 for adult; $9 for seniors and $12 for child.
To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, visit AthensDeLand.com. Tickets also are at The Elusive Grape or by calling the box office at (386) 736-1500.