Lion King Lunch and Learn crew

Graduating senior Maria Ellis (at lower right) worked with several high schools and UMSL alumnus Brian Owens (at right), the Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative community music artist in residence, to put members of “The Lion King” cast in conversation with local young people and UMSL students last week at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. The cast members, who wrap up their run at the Fabulous Fox Theatre this Sunday, included (from left) Nia Holloway (Nala), Mark Campbell (Scar), Dashaun Young (Simba), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (Shenzi), Gerald Ramsey (Mufasa), Kevin Petite (dancer, gazelle) and Sophia Stephens (Sarabi). (Photos by Evie Hemphill)