Lions, Hyenas and Meerkats filled Gordon’s School this week as the cast and crew of The Lion King arrived for masterclasses with students.
The drama students, singers, dancers and would-be make-up artists learned from the best in their chosen professions – all of them connected with the family favourite musical that has been running in London for the past 17 years.
Students were treated to a make up workshop by Rowena Hume, Worldwide Associate Hair and Make Up designer, who showed them the intricate work that goes into creating the incredible animal faces. Then one of the show’s actors Ben Heathcote, who plays Timon in the London production gave an insight into the industry, with top tips on how to progress in music, film, television and theatre, for those that enjoy the spotlight or behind the scenes.
The songs of the show, written by Elton John and Tim Rice and sung in Zulu rang out through the West End school as students revelled in learning intricate vocals lines with the professional artists.
And dancing students became gazelles for the afternoon fine tuning their performance skills, whilst the acting students developed a deeper understanding of character, motivation and physicality.
Kathryn Moore, Head of Drama at Gordon’s School said: “What a wonderful way to start the new school year. The students have gained an incredible amount from the Lion King professionals and are looking forward to putting it into practice for this year’s school play Bugsy Malone.