The Lion King Jr. Creative

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Producer/Co-Director/Technical Director
Becky Evans
Becky started performing on stage at three years old. She developed a strong love for the performing arts and the positive impact it can have on the lives of children. She devoted 13 years volunteering in schools and organizing PTA events. In 2014 she started "Strikers Singers", a performing choir for the students at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School in Sierra Vista, AZ. After moving to Lakeside, she created White Mountain Performing Arts with a mission to provide musical theatre opportunities to the children of the White Mountains. She is also the CTE Stagecraft Teacher and Theater Director to the phenomenal students at Blue Ridge High School! She has Directed Annie Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Shrek Jr., Peter/Wendy, Footloose, The Lion King Kids and The Sound of Music. She has been married to her best friend, Nate, for 24 years. Together they have 3 amazing kids.
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Santi Santana
Santaigo Santana started his theatre journey in 2021. Since then, he has performed as an actor in: Annie Jr, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Peter and Wendy, Footloose, Lion KIng kids, and Sound of Music. He takes vocal lessons from Debra Jensen, is a member of Harmonies Jazz Choir, takes the CTE Technical Theatre program at BRHS, and has run tech for various performances. Throughout these experiences he has longed to direct, and is grateful to get this opportunity from Becky Evans. This new experience has taught him many things about the theatre and responsibilities roles in general. Along with Co-Directing the show, he Co-Choreographed, designed the set for the production, and collaborated with costume design. Santi has loved this production and looks forward to future experiences.
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Sound Designer
Brian Blomstrand
Brian Blomstrand has been teaching in the Blue Ridge School District for the past seventeen years. He has enjoyed watching many of this show's performers grow and develop since they first came through his fourth grade music classroom. Mr. Blomstrand currently directs the Junior High Choir and High School Mixed Choir, and teaches high school guitar and audio production classes. He has served as the music director and sound mixer for Blue Ridge's productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Footloose and The Sound of Music. Mr. Blomstrand received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Northern Arizona University. His wife, Laura, is a Blue Ridge choir and theater alum, and together they have three talented daughters who have also attended Blue Ridge High School.
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Music Director
Jen Olson
Jen Olson is an experienced music educator with over a decade of teaching under her belt. Her choirs consistently achieve top honors, including multiple 1st place wins in state competitions and superior ratings at festivals. Jen holds a degree in Music Education from BYU-Idaho and incorporates Kodály and Orff methodologies into her teaching philosophy. She believes in fostering both joy and excellence in every musical experience. Outside of teaching, Jen enjoys outdoor adventures with her supportive husband, two creative daughters, and adorable, clingy dog Gus.

Original Creative Team

Music & Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice 

Additional Music & Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer 

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor