The Renaissance Theatre will hold auditions for the MY Theatre production of The Lion King, Jr. on Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 PM, and on Monday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue West in Downtown Mansfield. Those auditioning must be in 9th grade and younger during the 2017-18 school year, and should be no younger than 7 years of age.
Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a 16-32 measure excerpt from a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Some actors may be asked to read a short scene from the script. Those auditioning should bring a list of schedule conflicts between the dates of auditions and the performances of The Lion King, Jr.. Performance dates are September 8-10, 2017; all performances will be held on stage at the Renaissance.
Set in the flourishing African Pride Lands, The Lion King, Jr. is an adaptation of the lively and moving Disney stage production. The young and precocious lion cub, Simba, is born into the royal family; and spends his days exploring the savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa. 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 new friends, Pumbaa and Timon, Simba learns to start anew. When news of the now-ravaged Pride Lands reaches him, Simba answers a desperate plea for help from his childhood friend Nala who comes to find the adult prince. Simba learns he must take on his uncle Scar, and fulfill his destiny to be king.
Based upon the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King debuted on Broadway on November 13, 1997. The musical features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice; with a musical score by Hans Zimmer, and choral arrangements by Lebo M. Additional music and lyrics are by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer. The book of the show was written by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. The Broadway production was directed by Julie Taymor, and produced by Disney Theatricals.
The Lion King is currently the third longest-running show in history, and has played to more than ninety million audience members worldwide. The show has been recognized with more than 70 theatre awards internationally, including six Tony Awards.
Source and Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association