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DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR.Add to Cart
DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR
Audio Sampler: $10.00
ShowKit™: $795.00
   ShowKit™ Includes:
30 Actor's Scripts
1 Director's Guide
Director's Script
2-Performance CD/2-Accompaniment CD
1-Choreography DVD
1-Demonstration DVD
1-Resource CD
1 Piano/Vocal Score
3 Pack of Djembe
1 Experience Binder
Includes Activities and Sessions for the Kids
1 Experience DVD and CD
30 Family Matters Booklets
Running Time: 60 minutes
Songs   Characters   Audio Preview
 
Characters:
BANZAI A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren't so lazy. Look for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness. As Banzai is always featured with Shenzi and Ed, consider auditioning the hyenas in trios. Male, Any Age

ED The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed should be played by an actor who can laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words. This role can be played by a boy or girl. Male or Female, Any Age

ENSEMBLE The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures you choose to include. This group can have as few or as many performers as your production permits. Be sure to cast many strong singers. There are also several moments to showcase individual dancers in "The Lioness Hunt" and "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."

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." Cast actors who are able to sing the background parts of that song while playing the loud and raucous characters. Your hyenas can double as animals of the Pridelands or lionesses. Male or Female, Any Age

LIONESSES The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in "The Lioness Hunt," "The Mourning," and "Shadowland." These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging. Depending on the complexity of your choreography, particuarly for "The Lioness Hunt," strong dancers may be desirable as well. Female, Any Age

MUFASA The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. Cast a mature actor who can convincingly portray the king.
Male, Any Age Range: B3 - C5

NALA Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar, so cast a more mature actress to play the character beginning in Scene 10, As with older Simba and Young Simba, ensure that this switch in actors performing a single role is clear. Direct the actors to share a mask or costume piece that distinctly represents Nala, as well as a movement vocabulary.
Female, Any Age Range: G3 - E5

PUMBAA A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. Cast a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.
Male or Female, Any Age Range: D4 - G5

RAFIKI A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show, so cast a confident performer with a strong singing voice.
Female, Any Age Range: A3 - C5

SARABI A featured lioness, Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen. Female, Any Age

SARAFINA A featured lioness and Nala's mother. She has one short, spoken line, so consider giving this part to an actor who is putting in a lot of effort and hard work in rehearsal as a lioness. Female, Any Age

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. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain's dark side while handling Scar's sarcastic sense of humor. As his solos can be spoken, opt for an actor over a singer.
Male, Any Age Range: A3 - A4

SHENZI One of Scar's hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala. Female, Any Age

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, so cast a more mature actor. Be sure that the change in actors is clear: Try having Young Simba hand-off a costume piece, such as a medallion, to older Simba. Also be sure that Simba and Young Simba share a movement vocabulary.
Male, Any Age Range: B3 - E5

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 and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. This part can be played by a boy or a girl.
Male or Female, Any Age Range: B3 - B4

YOUNG NALA A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. While Young Nala does sing a little, look for a strong female performer who can portray this confident cub.
Female, Any Age Range: A3 - C5

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 naive, but after his father Mufasa's death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role.
Male, Any Age Range: B3 - E5

ZAZU The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu's lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and the role can be played by a boy or girl. Male or Female, Any Age

 
Synopsis
Credits
 
Music and Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice
 
Additional Music and Lyrics by Lebo M and Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer
 
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
 
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor
 
 
Overview/Synopsis
 
1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
 
Introduce theatre to your classroom today! Explore, Create, and Share the arts with this easy to use, multi-media program.
 
Welcome to The Lion King Experience!
 
Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now for the first time ever you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.
 
In addition to a license to produce the show, The Lion King Experience features a rigorous curriculum designed to introduce you and your students to a wide range of theatrical skills. This easy to use program has been developed to give you all the tools you need to EXPLORE, CREATE and SHARE the arts with your students.
 
From lesson plans to traditional African djembe drums, The Lion King Experience includes everything you need to introduce theatre in your classroom and to produce your very own production of The Lion King!
 
Find out more at www.TheLionKingExperience.com
 
EXPLORE
 
A complete curriculum, including detailed lesson plans and corresponding student materials, allows you and your students to explore the varied aspects of theater: Acting, Design, Directing, Writing, Music, and Dance.
 
Each session launches with a video introducing the day's theme through backstage access and on-screen instruction. After a teacher-facilitated full class activity, students work in groups to solve a creative challenge then share their work, reflect as a group, and learn from one another.
 
As a holistic arts education program, The Lion King Experience fulfills many educational standards including some Common Core State Standards and National Core Arts Standards.
 
CREATE
 
Apply what you've learned! Use the foundations of theater-making explored in the curriculum to rehearse, produce, and build your own version of The Lion King – adapted and developed expressly for school students. A comprehensive ShowKit provides all the materials you need to get started.
 
SHARE
 
See your hard work come to life on stage when your students put on the show! From acting and design, to creativity and collaboration, building a production allows your students to develop and experiment with a variety of skills that will stay with them long after the applause.
 
Includes and a license to produce The Lion King JR., a 60-minute adaptation created especially for the strengths and skill level of middle school students (Show Synopsis Below), and an 18-session curriculum that explores fundamentals of theater-making including ACTING, DESIGN, MUSIC, PLAYWRITING, CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTING, TECHNICAL THEATER and STAGE MANAGEMENT!
 
SHOW SYNOPSIS
 
RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama"). The king's jealous brother SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes ("Grasslands Chant") and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend YOUNG NALA hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES ("The Lioness Hunt") and invites her on his adventure. Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter ZAZU ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI, and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king ("Be Prepared"). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars ("They Live in You").
 
Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest ("The Stampede"). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king's death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki, and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba ("The Mourning"), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their “worry-free” jungle home ("Hakuna Matata").
 
Under Scar's reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help ("Shadowland"). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king, but still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed, and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues ("Finale").
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