Youth performance has grown-up production values

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Photo by Kirby Russell
Corree Kotula (from left), Harrison Love and Maya Jacobs perform in “The Lion King Jr.”
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
A group of Ojai youngsters have spent the last five months preparing to perform Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”
While the 5- to 14-year-olds have busily studied lines, songs and staging, the adults of the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) have created a production worthy of the show’s Broadway roots.
OYES co-artistic director Megg Sicotte-Kelly was tasked with creating costumes for the menagerie of Lion King animals — work that comes naturally to her, she said, since her grandmother taught her to sew and make costumes as a child.
But creating the animals for this show presented a new kind of challenge. Sicotte-Kelly has worked for months to create a puppet version of Zazu, a talking hornbill, a headpiece worthy of “The Lion King” and much more.

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