Friday, September 30, 2011

The Lion King presents "New Essay Contest" for Las Vegas students! Win tickets!

CCSD Essay Contest Runs
through Oct. 19 and Will Award Show Tickets to Winner’s School

The world’s No. 1 musical,
Disney’s THE
LION KING, will celebrate its 1,000th performance at
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Sunday, October 23. THE
LION KING's run in Las
marks the
production's longest North American engagement off Broadway.

The smash hit will
commemorate this remarkable feat by awarding free show tickets to 1,000
Las Vegas elementary school students. From now through
Wednesday, Oct. 19, THE
LION KING is challenging Clark County School District
(CCSD) students in grades one through five to write a short essay on “Why My
School Should Go to THE
LION KING” for the opportunity to see the show before its
final performance Friday, Dec. 30. A panel of judges from CCSD will read all
submissions and the winning student and his or her school  will receive the amazing opportunity to visit
the imaginative African Savannah in celebration of an incredible two-and-a-half
years on The Strip.

“We congratulate Disney’s THE
LION KING at Mandalay Bay on its 1,000th performance and
are thrilled to partner with the show to not only give students the opportunity
to see this extraordinary production, but also to further their education as
they put creative ideas in writing,” said Judy Meyers. coordinator for CCSD
School-Community Partnership Program. “THE
LION KING is a musical every child, and adult, should see in his or her
lifetime and we’re honored to share this experience with our students.”

Jack Eldon, vice president,
domestic engagements for Disney Theatrical Productions, said, “We’re proud that
LION KING has performed an incredible 1,000 shows at Mandalay Bay and want to celebrate with the local community. For a
child to have THE
LION KING as their first theatrical experience is
exceptionally thrilling to our company and there is no better way to introduce
a young person to the artistry and magic of the theatre. We thank CCSD for its
partnership and wish the students good luck!”


Mandalay Bay’s production of THE LION KING is virtually identical to the other companies seen around the
globe and is staged with all of the same spectacular music, sets, and costumes
that have made it a worldwide phenomenon. Over 60 million people have come to
discover the wonder, majesty and truly one-of-a-kind experience of THE
LION KING. The critically acclaimed production continues to reign as a
landmark musical event, winning audiences over with extraordinary musical
score, breathtaking costumes and a heartfelt story, while earning
record-breaking numbers at the Mandalay Bay Theatre. The show is performed
Monday through Thursday at
7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday shows at 4 p.m.
8 p.m.  THE LION KING Las Vegas will perform its final show Dec. 30, 2011. For additional information, visit

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