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Lion King, Jr. - Character Breakdown
Rafiki (Female - Vocal range: A3 - C5) - 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.
Ensemble (Male or Female) - The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other forms of life.
Mufasa (Male - Vocal range: B3 - C5) - The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba.
Sarabi (Female) - A featured lioness, Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother.
Zazu (Female or Male) - The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu's lyrics are spoken rather than sung.
Scar (Male - Vocal range: A3 - A4) - 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.
Young Simba (Male - Vocal range: B3 - E5) - 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.
Simba (Male - Vocal range: B3 - E5) - 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.
Lionesses (Female) - The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in "The Lioness Hunt," "The Mourning," and "Shadowland."
Young Nala (Female - Vocal range: A3 - C5) - A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.
Nala (Female - Vocal range: G3 - E5) - Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.
Sarafina (Female) - A featured lioness and Nala's mother.
Shenzi (Female) - 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.
Banzai (Male) - A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren't so lazy.
Ed (Male or Female) - 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.
Hyenas (Male or Female) - Scar's army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in "Be Prepared."
Timon (Male or Female - Vocal range: B3 - B4) - 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.
Pumbaa (Male or Female - Vocal range: D4 - G5) - A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation.
DATE CORRECTION - Spring Musical information meetings
The last drama club meeting will be Thursday, December 8. Thursday, December 15 will be an information meeting for the Spring Session of drama. This meeting will in in the MPR from 3:15pm-4:30pm. Monday, December 19 @ 6:30pm in the MPR will be a MANDATORY parent meeting for students wishing to participate in the Spring Musical.
Coyote Creek Drama Club - Spring Musical - The Lion King, Jr.
The Lion King, Jr. will be the Spring Coyote Creek Drama Club production. This production will be by audition only. Casting decisions will be made based on numerous things. For those who were part of the fall drama club, it will be partly based on previous drama club participation, behavior, and attendance. In addition, the young performers will go through an audition. Just because a student was in the fall drama club does not mean he / she will be allowed to continue in the program.
Students who get a part will be asked to pay a $150 activity fee to cover sets, props, scripts, royalties, etc. No student will be turned away dues to the inability to pay. Parents/Guardians will be asked to help with sets, costumes, programs, publicity, tickets, concessions, communication, etc. Those who can’t help will be asked to contribute an additional $50 program donation.
Students who do get a part need to make sure they attend ALL rehearsals! This musical is a HUGE undertaking, and students need to make drama rehearsals a number one priority. Students will not be called for every rehearsal. Rehearsals may take place during morning and lunch recesses, Thursdays after school, and an occasional weekend rehearsal. It is very difficult to put together a show when students miss rehearsals.
Students who miss rehearsals or misbehave risk losing their part and/or spot in drama. There will be a "3 strikes and you are you are out" policy.
The evening performances of The Lion King, Jr. will take place Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 at 7pm.
Character and Audition Information
The audition music is available on the drama club page of the school website. Please take time to practice prior to the audition. There are two tracks for each song: with words and just accompaniment. The accompaniment track will be used at auditions. Sheet music is available on the site as well.
To be able to audition:
1) Parent MUST attend MANDATORY parent meeting.
2) The audition form must be turned in and completed with a parent / guardian signature.
Character - audition song (measure numbers)
(Date and time of audition for that character)
Young Simba and Zazu - I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (m.10-44)
(Monday, January 9 @ 11:00am in room 32)
Simba - Can You Feel the Love Tonight (m.20-24)
(Monday, January 9 @ 12:55pm in room 32)
Young Nala - The Mourning (m.3-6) AND I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (m.81-92)
(Tuesday, January 10 @ 11:00am in room 32)
Nala - Shadowland (m.13-37)
(Tuesday, January 10 @ 12:55pm in room 32)
Timon - Can You Feel the Love Tonight (m.1-11)
(Wednesday, January 11 @ 10:30am in room 32)
Pumbaa - Luau Hawaiian Treat (m. 1-12)
(Wednesday, January 11 @ 12:42pm in room 32)
Mufasa - They Live in You (m.9-23)
(Thursday, January 12 @ 11:00am in room 32)
Scar - Be Prepared (m.14-30)
(Thursday, January 12 @ 12:55pm in room 32)
Rafiki - Circle of Life (m.1-3 AND 17-34)
(Friday, January 13 @ 12:55pm in room 32)
Lionesses, Sarabi, Sarafina - The Lioness Hunt (m.22-26)
(Tuesday, January 17 @ 11:00am in room 32)
Hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed - Be Prepared (m.30-37)
(Tuesday, January 17 @ 12:55pm in room 32)
Ensemble - Circle of Life (m.33-48)
(Wednesday, January 18 @ 10:30am in room 32)
(Wednesday, January 18 @ 12:42pm in room 32)
Please come to auditions prepared.
Auditions will be in room 32.
Only students auditioning that day will be allowed in the audition room.
Parents/Guardians are not allowed in room during auditions.
4th graders can eat with the 5th graders on days they have drama during the 5th grade lunch recess.
Callbacks will be by invitation on Thursday, January 14 from 3:15-5:15.
Not every character will be called back.
Stage Crew – Won’t start till around March / April (still turn in audition form)
Available positions = Lightboard Operator, Spotlight Operator, Sound Tech, Deck Crew
Casting decisions will be announced by Wednesday, January 25.
Mandatory Parent Meeting for participation in Spring Musical
On Monday, December 19 @ 6:30pm there will be a MANDATORY parent meeting for students wishing to participate in the Spring Musical, THE LION KING, JR.
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The Lion King, Jr. - 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").