FAIRYTALE PHYSICAL THERAPY BRINGS THE LION KING TO WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER

Posted by vanessa on April 14, 2017

By Nicholas Kwan, CUDPT 2019

Friday, April 14th the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy’s first year students taught children at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center to say “no worries” in a whole new way. Fairytale Physical Therapy (FTPT) brought “The Lion King Show” to life for the kids and their families. The show is an abbreviated version of the popular Disney production.

FTPT is a student-run project of the Program in Physical Therapy.  Their shows offer a chance for the kids to get moving and for parents and children alike to take a break from being in the hospital. Choreography, with a therapeutic exercise slant, was taught to the kids by our very own vibrant hyena. Laughing along the whole time, kids learned dances to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata.” The cast encourages the children to sing with their favorite characters, participate in the story and dance along from standing or seated positions. 

This is the fourteenth show that Fairytale Physical Therapy has brought to local hospitals. Previous productions include “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen”. This production featured the first-year class of DPT students: Nick Kwan as Simba, Kyle Zreibe as Scar, Morgan White as Mufasa, Berfin Mahmut as Nala, Cody Ibarra as Timon, Prima Vithoontien as Pumba, Frances Jih as Zazu/ Narrator and Kayla Coutts as the hyena. Amy Ransohoff, a second-year OT student, was wonderful with the kids with the arts and crafts portion after the show.

This is the first show that the first year DPT students have performed on their own. Fairytale Physical Therapy co-founders Jenna Kantor and Katie Schmitt are so very proud of the magic that they are bringing to the kids. The entire Fairytale Physical Therapy team is looking forward to bringing more shows to the local hospitals for the upcoming summer season!

Contact Fairytale Physical Therapy at fairytalephysicaltherapy@gmail.com.

 
The Cast and crew: Nick Kwan as Simba, Kyle Zreibe as Scar, Morgan White as Mufasa, Berfin Mahmut as Nala, Cody Ibarra as Timon, Prima Vithoontien as Pumba, Frances Jih as Zazu/ Narrator and Kayla Coutts as the hyena.
 

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