Cast of ‘Lion King’ makes special visit to Dayton Children’s Hospital

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Cast members of the Disney musical “The Lion King” took center stage at Dayton children’s Hospital Wednesday.

Lion King leaped into town June 7th, but before the show wrapped up cast members paid a special visit to some of their biggest fans. Even though the animated film debuted more than 20 years ago it’s still a fan favorite.

During their visit, the cast played Lion King Trivia, answered questions, colored Lion King masks with the kids and left goody bags and memorabilia from the show to lift their spirits.

“That’s what our hope is to help move them along in the process so they can enjoy it cause a huge part of that and if we can bring a little bit of joy to hasten their recovery that’s the most we can ask for,” cast member Gerald Ramsey said.

“Sometimes you forget about the fun and how this show effects people, so coming here and just coloring and just chilling out with them and they’re so funny,” cast member Nia Holloway said.

Just one of the many ways the Dayton Children’s Hospital keeps their patients in good spirits.

“The fact that Lion King came to the playroom where a kid can be a kid and kind of help the kids spark their imaginations and kind of play and color with them. It kind of just makes them feel like normal child in their daily routine, so it’s wonderful that they came in,” Child Life Specialist for Dayton Children’s Laura McCallen said.

The play wraps up on Sunday, July 3rd at the Schuster Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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