Ms. Utter’s second graders at Longfellow Elementary embarked on a musical journey to Pride Rock, culminating in a roaring performance of Lion King‘s “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for parents, classmates and principal Angela Dolezal

The production, brought to Longfellow by OPEF’s Art Start Program and guest artist Lekeya Shearrill, was designed to unlock students’ creativity, bring literature alive in the classroom, and expose students to the joys of musical performance during a six-week residency.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the production.