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Auditions for Lion King Jr (Ages 5-14)

On April 21-25, Arts in CT will be holding casting call auditions for Lion King Jr from 5:00pm-7:00pm week days and Sat from 10am-12pm. Please prepare a song in the style of the show. It is an actors workshop, so beginner actors are welcome. Please be prepared to read sides from the show. Acting, sing, and drumming is a plus.

We are casting all 17 roles. Rehearsals will be on Tues and Thurs from 5pm-7pm and Sat from 10am-12pm.

8 weeks and rehearsals will begin on May 2 and show will be June 24.

Auditions for Lion King Jr will be held on July 21-28 from 5pm-7pm and callbacks on the 29th. Rehearsals will begin on May 2-June 24 and the performance will be on June 24th. All roles are open.

Sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090444abac2daafb6-auditions

 

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Casting Call Lion King Jr Audition

Character Breakdown

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.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: A3

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.”

MUFASSA: 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.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: B3

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.

Gender: female

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.

Gender: both

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.

Gender: male 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. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role.

Gender: male Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: B3

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.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: B3

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.

Gender: female

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.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: A3

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.

Gender: female Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

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.

Gender: female

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.

Gender: female

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 audit Gender: male 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.

Gender: both

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.

Gender: both

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.

Gender: both Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: B3

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. Gender: both

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: D4

For more information, please contact Arts in CT Corp.

Arts in CT Corp

64 Ridge St

Milford, CT 06460

(203)936-8567

info@artsinct.org

http://www.artsinct.org/lionkingjr

 

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