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
Introduce theatre to your classroom today! Explore, Create, and Share the arts with this easy to use, multi-media program.
The Lion King Experience is currently only available for Accredited Elementary and Middle Schools for performances on school grounds.
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 TheLionKingExperience.com
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.
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.
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 a license to produce The Lion King KIDS
, a 30-minute adaptation created especially for elementary school students, and an 11-session curriculum
that explores fundamentals of theater-making including ACTING, DESIGN, MUSIC, PLAYWRITING, CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTING and MORE!
VILLAGERS enter ("One by One") to share their favorite story. RAFIKI narrators gather ANIMALS from across the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life"). Mufasa's jealous brother SCAR refuses to attend the ceremony, which angers the king. As time passes, SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life to his son and how one day he will become king of the Pridelands. Out for revenge, Scar encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Simba takes his best friend NALA there after ditching ZAZU, Mufasa's loyal advisor ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"). At the graveyard, three hungry hyenas – SHENZI, BANZAI, and ED – corner the cubs, but Mufasa arrives and takes them home. Scar emerges to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king himself (Be Prepared).
Back in the safety of the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Simba then tells him to look up at the stars: The great kings of the past will always be there to guide him. The next day, Simba gets trapped in a wildebeest stampede started by Scar. Mufasa rescues Simba but is pushed by Scar into the stampede, where he is trampled to death. Scar blames Simba and tells him to run away and never return. Scar then assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Simba meets Timon and Pumbaa, who take him to their “worry-free” home in the jungle ("Hakuna Matata").
Under Scar's rule, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Nala, now grown, leaves to get help and finds Simba alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). She urges him to come back home to take his rightful place as king, but still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafki appears and helps him remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba returns 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").
One By One
Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama
I Just Can't Wait To Be King
Hakuna Matata (Part 1)
Hakuna Matata (Part 2)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
He Lives In You
Luau Hawaiian Treat
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
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
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
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