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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Z for Zazu and Zane

Zazu  is a zany character from the wonderful production  of The Lion King by Disney Presentations.
There is an animated film version and a stage production, last Saturday we had a lovely family afternoon in the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

We had really good seating in the lower circle, I had to go in my wheelchair which was great as there are special little bays to accommodate wheelchairs, with specially designated seating, so Ian and I were seated amidst part of our  family, daughter  Ingrid and husband Mike with their children and our grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Christian  Zane.
Christian has the second name of  Zane after his paternal great grandfather Chris Zane Christianson who lost his life in WW2, aged 22, serving as a flight sergeant in The Royal Canadian Air Force
 His family are Ranchers in Edmonton , Alberta Canada.
Back to the character of ZAZU  in the  wonderful Lion King  production.........

This how he appeared in the animated version.



This is Zazu  in the  production  we saw at the theatre.

 Zazu is a Red Billed Hornbill and is the 'Major Domo' in Lion King's household.
For the uninitiated, his job was to keep the Lion King amused and give a  'morning report' of goings on in the Kingdom.
One of his 'morning reports' went thus,
'Well!  the BUZZ from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot
All the baboons are going ape over this
Of course the giraffes are acting like they're above all of this.
The tick birds are pecking on the elephants.
I told the  elephants to forget it but they can't.
The cheetahs are hard up but I always say that cheetahs  never prosper.....
and so Zazu went on dropping his funny little 'anecdotes' all around the stage.
He certainly got a rousing reception from the audience.
from the stage show, stunning dancing and singing 
If you haven't had the opportunity to see the stage show of The Lion King I  suggest you go along and see it...
It's Zestful and Zany,
and just Zips along 
That's all for now, I have reached my ZENITH !
Just off for a Zzzzzzzzz.
My thanks to the ZANY Denise for devising abcw and the Zestful Roger for  being the 'Admin man'.
 Z for Zazu and Zane


  1. What an awesome post, Di! Love the bird flapping away. Glad you enjoyed your evening out and if it comes here, I'll try to go.

    abcw team

  2. Hi Leslie glad you liked the little bird flapping away, one more thing I've learned, I shall be doing Google Box next!!
    Awesome is a very flattering word to describe my post, but thank you.
    The kids have got the Lion King on DVD but the live show, by far surpasses it.
    Apart from Les Miserables it's the finest production we've seen at The Empire Theatre in Liverpool.
    I really do hope you can get to see it.

  3. Great post! We also saw the stage show, which was so beautiful and amazing, that we hardly saw the people who played the characters. The animals were so almost real. Your photos are fabulous, Di! No wonder you are so enthousiastic! Thank you for sharing.
    Thanks for your very nice comment, which is at the same time sad because of your teacher, who couldn't go to her relatives
    in Holland.I am also glad I met you here in the blogging circle.
    About Zane, I have a grandson who is called Zayne. He is Australian and very handsome!
    I hope you'll have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  4. Hello Wil,
    Good to hear from you again, I'm so pleased that you, of all my blogging friends, have seen the show, so you will know exactly what I am 'waxing lyrical' about.
    Olivia and Christian kept us up to speed with plot and characters because, of course, they have the DVD of the animated movie.!
    There was, on reflection, another character, who stood out and that was Rafiki who sang 'The Circle of Life' with the ensemble, However, I felt I had written enough, just to maintain the readers interest and to finish on an interesting note, hopefully provoking thought! I shall have to save Rafiki for when the letter R appears in the next round.
    Isn't it wonderful to have grandchildren, particularly a handsome Zayne, they're such a blessing and bring so much joy..
    Have a lovely week,
    Best wishes,

  5. I think the stage play of The Lion King would be amazing! Hopefully it will come to my town some day. The costuming looks fantastic and I love that you chose Zazu as one of your Z words. Zazu is one of me favorite characters in the book and movie. Sounds like you had a very enjoyable evening.

  6. Lisa, I do hope The Lion King stage play comes to your town it's truly a breathtakingly spectacular show.
    How the actors with their wonderful costumes make you believe they are real animals is amazing...
    It starts with The Circle of Life, it was so stirring that it brought me to tears, absolute must.
    I couldn't stop watching our grandchildren, they were absolutely enthralled with the whole show.
    Indeed a truly wonderful day out,
    Thanks for dropping by and your kind comments,

  7. My daughter was in a production of The Lion King this spring!
    I saw a stage production in Schenectady, NY - FABULOUS.


  8. Hi Roger, our granddaughter was also in a production of the Lion King, this inspired us to go and see the professional show, I'd love to see it again but it's moved to another town, which isn't a bad thing as the tickets are terribly expensive.
    Best wishes,

  9. Magic eye...
    Hi, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind comments,
    most appreciated,
    best wishes,

  10. I LOVED the stage production of the Lion King - zestfful and zany for sure! Glad you enjoyed the show - your post makes me want to go see it again!

  11. That's coming to Cardiff in December; is it suitable for a 5 or 3 year old?

    Glad you had such a good time with your family.

  12. Hi Susan,
    thanks for dropping by and your kind comments.
    I would certainly go and see it again but wait a while, the cost of the tickets are pretty high! Also, there are so many other shows are returning to Liverpool that we haven't seen.
    I do wish the theatre companies would reduce the price of matinee
    tickets for children, we had to
    pay full price.

    I imagine many parents are prohibited from taking their children to the theatre, because of this.

    best wishes,

  13. Hi Liz,
    We took our 5 year old grandson with us and he loved it, but I think it may be a bit too loud for a 3 year old and some of the characters are quite scary in parts.
    Also, Christian (5), is well used to watching big sister Olivia (8) in her stage performances. She's attends LIPA (The Liverpool School for Performing Arts on Saturday mornings).
    This, I'm sure you know, was founded by Paul McCartney using his old grammar school building The Liverpool Institute.

    Christian has announced he wants to join LIPA on Saturday mornings along with Olivia....,
    Of course, he insists that he plays football on Sunday mornings, so he's going to be busy, along with Mummy and Daddy who ferry them around, to say nothing of the usual weekend party circuit.
    I do hope you manage to see it, the tickets sold out in a very short time here.

    love di.xx

  14. I have heard the name Zane before and a long time ago , about 30 years , a friend of mine named her little boy Zane, we thought she was a bit crazy LOL xx

  15. It sounds like you had a fabulous time :-)

  16. Having got to Z what will hyou do now? x

  17. Hi Anne, Zante is really called Zakynthos but not sure why then called Zante.
    I'm not much fussed on the name Zane either but one has to go with the flow!
    thanks for dropping by, I'll be over to you later, had a busy day doing my 'A' pos....surprising how much time it takes and I've got 20 Scrabble games to catch up upon. I don't know I held down my job before I retired! Ha ha xx
    love Di..xx

  18. Hi Cherie, it was truly amazing and I was so pleased that Olivia and Christian enjoyed so much, one proud granny indeed!.
    love di.xx

  19. Hey FP,
    We start at 'A' again it's a perpetual thingy....It's the first time I've joined in and I only started half way through.
    I'm really enjoying it and it's got me blogging again and of course linking up with old blogging friends, such as yourself! Why don't you join, or are you too busy?
    love di..xx

  20. I forgot to say Tribes , your posts are brilliant, you are doing so well. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog , I must visit Lyon, sounds great. Xx anne

  21. Ha ha! Anne 'Tribes'
    Thank you for such kind words...
    I am trying, each week,. to do something different.
    Just to be able to put my own photo's up is brilliant, thanks to you xx
    I've had some lovely comments from bloggers all over the world,
    just loving it,
    love Di..xx


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