West Salem Middle School to present Lion King Jr. musical this weekend

Some area middle school students are hoping to help those in need halfway around the world through art.

West Salem Middle School is putting on the musical Lion King Junior this weekend.

The show will feature about 80 students from third through ninth grade.

During rehearsals, the students learn about Africa’s culture and the water crisis in some parts of the continent.

To help, the students are banding together to raise money to dig a water well in Uganda. It takes about $10,000 to dig one well. 

With their first performance Thursday, these students are keeping what’s really important front and center.

“Instead of people coming and having the show all about, people are coming donating money and helping people in Africa,” said 7th grader Shelby Burch.

“Well, I know I’ll never get to meet them, it’s just being nice you know, do onto others as you would have done on to you,” said 8th grader Riley Rasmussen.

All of the money will be donated to Remembering Jesse Parker, Inc, a non-profit organization in Tomah formed after the sudden and tragic death of 17 year old Jesse Parker in 2009. It was Jesse’s dream to help bring clean water to people around the world and his legacy was the focus of a News 8 documentary “Tears to Water.”

The Remembering Jesse Parker, Inc. charity works with communities in Africa, providing water wells, food, and supplies to families in need.

The students are also hoping to raise enough money to donate to local food pantries in our own community.

The Lion King Jr.
Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts
West Salem
January 14-16
Tickets available at: www.showtix4u.com