The African savannah comes to life on the Renaissace Center 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. Auditions for Lion King Jr. will be on July 8, 2017 starting at 3:00 PM. Auditions are open to rising first grade students through rising ninth grade students. Auditionees will need to prepare a one minute Broadway/Disney style song and will need to wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes as they will also learn a short dance combo. Some will be asked to stay for cold readings. Parents are required to stay due to the unknown timing of your child's actual audition time.
Production dates will be September 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:00 PM and September 24 and October 1 at 2:00 PM.

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.
Gender: Female
Mufasa
The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. 
Gender: Male
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. 
Gender: Male
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. 
Gender: Male
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.
Gender: Male
Lionesses
The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in "The Lioness Hunt," "The Mourning," and "Shadowland." 
Gender: Female
Young Nala
A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. 
Gender: Female
Nala
Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar
Gender: Female
Sarafina
A featured lioness and Nala's mother. 
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. 
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. 
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. 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." .
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
Pumbaa
A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. .
Gender: Both