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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Synopsis:

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!

 

 

 

 

AUDITONS: Sign up for auditions here.

Click here for music samples that are also available on the audition form link.

 

Staff:

Directors – Bob and Maryna Mitchell

Vocal Director – Maryna Mitchell

Assistant Vocal Director – Marley Roate

Set Design – Bob Mitchell

Master Builder – Roger Slightom

Costume Design – Bob and Maryna Mitchell, Marley Roate, Kristin Wheeler

Costume Mistress – Kristin Wheeler

Make-up Design – Marley Roate

Creative Production Coordinator – Ducky Wade

 

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

MUST BE BETWEEN THE GRADES OF KINDERGARTEN AND FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL TO AUDITION.

* Have a song prepared to sing – not longer than 1 minute in length.

* Dress comfortably and be prepared to learn some choreography.

* Some people may be asked to read.

 

 

Character Descriptions:

Rafiki – A wise baboon who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an all-knowing character with a bit of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show.

Gender – Female

Vocal range – A3 to C5

 

Mufasa – The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. Mufasa sings in “They Live in You.”

Gender – Male

Vocal range – B3 to C5

 

Sarabi – A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines. She must have the care and command of a queen.

Gender – Female

 

Zazu – The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu’s lyrics are spoken in rhythm during “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”

Gender – Either

 

Scar – The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands. Scar has a villain’s dark side and a sarcastic sense of humor. Scar leads the Hyenas in “Be Prepared.”

Gender – Male

Vocal range – A3 to A4

 

Young Simba – The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naïve, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. Young Simba sings in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Gender – Male

Vocal range – B3 to E5

 

Simba – Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar. He also sings “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

Gender – Male

Vocal range – B3 to E5

 

Lionesses – The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,” “The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.” Should be a strong dancer.

Gender – Female

 

Young Nala – A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind; she is a confident cub. Nala sings with the Ensemble in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”

Gender – Female

Vocal range – A3 to C5

 

Nala – Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar. She has solos in “Shadowland” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

Gender – Female

Vocal range – G3 to E5

 

Sarafina – A featured lioness and Nala’s mother.

Gender – Female

 

Timon – An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show. Timon has solos in “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Luau Hawaiian Treat.”

Gender – Either

Vocal range – B3 to B4

 

Pumbaa – A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. A loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor. He sings with Timon in “Hakuna Matata” and “Luau Hawaiian Treat.”

Gender – Either

Vocal range – D4 to G5

 

Ensemble – The ensemble plays various animals of the Pridelands. They are included in most songs of the show.

Gender – Either

 

Banzai – A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. Banzai would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Always featured with Shenzi and Ed.

Gender – Either

 

Shenzi – One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. The sassy one of the trio who is always looking out for himself/herself. With Banzai and Ed, he/she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala.

Gender – Either

 

Ed – The third member of Scar’s trio of followers. He/she has a loud, cackling laugh that is his/her only form of communication. Ed must be able to laugh on command and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words.

Gender – Either

 

Hyenas – Scar’s army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in “Be Prepared.”

Gender – Either