LION KING JR., Monday and Tuesday, August 26-27, 5 p.m.
MARY POPPINS*, Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24, 7:30 p.m.
THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, Monday and Tuesday, December 16-17, 5 p.m.
THE CAT IN THE HAT, Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, 5 p.m.
* denotes a co-production with the Mainstage
About LION KING JR. Auditions
Disney’s THE LION KING has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. In this JUNIOR adaptation, the African savannah comes to life on 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. This abridged musical, presented on the MainStage, blends moments from the animated film and Broadway production, but in a shortened running time, making it accessible to young performers and younger audiences. This is going to be a rich and beautiful production using fabrics, music, movement and puppets that reflect the classic story.
ABOUT THE ROLES:
There are up to 30 ROLES AVAILABLE (15 PRINCIPAL ROLES and 10-15 ENSEMBLE. There will be one cast, though there might be some roles double cast to provide more opportunities. In this case, those performers will perform in the Ensemble as well.)
There are 5+ PRINCIPAL MALE ROLES:
MUFASA – The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. Looking for an older teen actor who can convincingly portray the king. (Vocal range top: C5-Vocal range bottom: B3)
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. Looking for an older teen actor who can bring out this villain’s dark side while handling Scar’s sarcastic sense of humor. (Vocal range top: A4-Vocal range bottom: A3)
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. Looking for a younger performer, who is a strong singer and dynamic entertainer in this role. (Vocal range top: E5-Vocal range bottom: B3)
SIMBA – Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar, so we are looking to cast preteen to older teen actor. (Vocal range top: E5-Vocal range bottom: B3)
BANZAI – A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Looking for preteen to older teen with an outgoing and confident personality who can portray nastiness and gruffness and isn’t afraid to be silly.
There are 6+ PRINCIPAL FEMALE ROLES:
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 we are looking for an older teen, who is a confident performer with a strong singing voice. (Vocal range top: C5 – Vocal range bottom: A3)
SARABI – A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Sarabi must have the care and command of a queen. Looking for an older teen actress.
YOUNG NALA – A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. Looking for a younger strong female performer who can portray this confident cub. (Vocal range top: C5 – Vocal range bottom: A3)
NALA – Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar, so we are looking for a preteen to older teen actress to play the character. (Vocal range top: E5 – Vocal range bottom: G3)
SARAFINA – A featured lioness and Nala’s mother. Older teen actress.
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. Preteen to older teen actress, who isn’t afraid to be silly.
There are 4+ MALE OR FEMALE PRINCIPAL ROLES: (These roles can be played by either male or female performers.)
ZAZU – The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Preteen to older teen role.
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. Preteen to older performer, who isn’t afraid to be silly.
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 performer who understands comic timing. Preteen to older teen performer. (Vocal range top: B4 – Vocal range bottom: B3)
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. Preteen to older teen performer. (Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: D4)
Additionally, there are 5-10 ENSEMBLE ROLES:
ENSEMBLE – The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures. All must be vocally adept, as well as, clever and physically adaptable to play different roles, sing and dance.
Youth Theatre Audition FAQ
“Where do I park?”
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.
“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition (August 29 at 5pm), so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.
“Is it okay to arrive at 5pm for the audition?”
Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 5pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 5pm.
“How old do I need to be to audition?”
The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12.
It is recommended that you be in 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.
“Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?”
No, we will teach you a short part of one of the songs and a section of the choreography at the audition. The attitude with which you learn these sections is just as important, if not more so, than the way your perform them. Behavior during the audition tells the professional staff a lot about what your behavior will be like during the rehearsal. If there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting.