May 17, 18, 19 and 23, 24, 25, 2019

Disney's, The Lion King, Jr.

Music and Lyrics by Tim Rice and

Elton John
Additional Music and Lyrics by Will Van Dyke, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor



Directed by Bob & Maryna Mitchell


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Based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, Jr. is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is next in line to be the king of the Pridelands, a thriving and beautiful region in the African savanna. When Simba’s father Mufasa is killed by his uncle Scar, though, Simba is led to believe that his father’s death is his fault, and he is encouraged to run away forever. Scar seizes power and with his already unstable mind deteriorating, the Pride Lands experiences a darkness and desolation from which only Simba can save the animals of the kingdom. Featuring classic songs from the film such as “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” The Lion King, Jr. is a story and a spectacle about identity, family, and responsibility that is enjoyed worldwide by people of all ages.



Meet the Directors:

Bob and Maryna have been a theatrical team for 20 years. Ironically, this is how they formed their friendship which lead to them being married! Both are employed in Springfield District 186 – he teaches art, she teaches music; both have been awarded the title of Horace Mann’s Educator of the Year. They have been involved in theater productions at various middle and high schools in the area, Muni, STC, and TIP in many different capacities. Bob and Maryna are excited to be joining the TIP directing team for the first time!





Thanks to all who auditioned! 




Raifiki - Paige Manning

Mufasa - Garrett Hale

Scar - Brandyn Butler

Young Simba - Jake Schwartz

Young Nala - Adelyn Rollins

Simba - Aiden Garland-Sutter

Nala - Kylie Norton

Zaza - Kaydence Daley

Timon - Brendan Hanlon

Pumbaa - Amberlee Southwell

Sarabi - Isabella Cavanagh

Sarafina - Kaelyn Mitchell

Banzai - Darius Herman

Shenzi - Emma Wiker

Ed - Luke Hockenyos



Sarah Cavanagh

Kristin Dennison

Reagan Gentry

Kendall Gruenenfelder

Clarissa Harrington

Arianna Richardson

Alexandra Rollins

Annie Stachera

Alaina Taylor



Garrett Ballantyne

Ariana Bice

Jocelyn Bumgarner

Cambrie Easley

Violet Filipiak

Margaret Hacke

Bella Hose

Ella Nelson

Lacey Norton

Sydney Williams

Maggie Zimmerman


Addison Allen

Lily Ballantyne

Nariah Bolden

Amelia Gaddis

Aynslie Garland-Sutter

Phoebe Hacke

Hailey Hanlon

Elizabeth Hockenyos

Leah Meurer

Andersen Rollins

Savanah Schwartz

Aimee Southwell

Charlotte (Lotte)

Stewart Arabella

Walsh Molly Zimmerman