Bangs High School’s new theatre director: ‘I’m back home’ – Brownwood Bulletin

Members of the Lion King Jr. cast rehearse a scene Monday night in the Bangs High School auditorium.

BANGS — Callie Hodges hopes the actor playing Baby Simba doesn’t cry in the Bangs High School theatre department’s upcoming performances of “Lion King Jr.”

But if he does cry, that’s understandable: Baby Simba is being portrayed by Hodges’ 6-month-old son.

Hodges is in her first year as Bangs High School’s theatre director. Her predecessor, Billie Harvey, has become the school’s assistant principal.

“It’s the same story as the Disney movie with young Simba, and he loses his father and he runs away,” Hodges said of the play. “It’s about him finding himself and he comes back to take over the Pride Lands.”

Performance times in the Bangs High School auditorium are:

* Thursday, Nov. 11 — 7 p.m.

* Saturday, Nov. 13 — 7 p.m.

* Sunday, Nov. 14 — 2 p.m.

Hodges, a 2013 graduate of Brownwood High School, was a theatre student under then-Brownwood theatre director Larry Mathis. Hodges didn’t perform onstage but worked in the technical and lighting aspects of the stage.

Mathis became one of her favorite people. “He  was just so loving and caring and created this home for so many people, that I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Hodges said.

She attended Angelo State University as a theatre major and had her first onstage role as a college junior. In 2017, Hodges came to