Disney’s The Lion King JR OPEN AUDITIONS

Seeking Talent aged 5-21, Open Auditions take place August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Palace Theater for this fall’s Youth Theatre production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Further details below.

The Palace Theater & Hilo Education Arts Repertory Theatre (HEART) Present Disney’s The Lion King JR, open auditions for anyone ages 5-21
Director: Larry Reitzer
Musical Director: Charles Bankhead Haines
Choreographer: Nadia Schlosser
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and based on the beloved 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the most successful musical in theatre history.
In the Pride Lands of Africa, a young lion named Simba becomes heir to the kingdom, but flees his home when tragedy falls on his family. After years in exile, he decides to return and fight to take his rightful place in the Circle of Life.
MONDAY AUGUST 1st from 3:00-6:00pm
(Ages 5-11)*
*IMPORTANT: For kids in this age bracket, we ask that you prepare to sing 1 minute of a song a cappella (no accompaniment) and prepare to tell us a joke.
TUESDAY AUGUST 2nd from 3:00-6:00pm
(Ages 12-21)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm
(Call-backs + additional auditions if necessary)
If you are auditioning for a lead role, please prepare approximately one minute from the song the character you are auditioning for sings. Below are the roles and the song they sing.
**We will provide a track for you to sing along with**
RafikiCircle of Life
Young Simba/Young Nala I Just Can’t Wait to be King
Scar/Shenzi/Banzai/EdBe Prepared
Timon/PumbaaHakuna Matata
Older Nala/Older SimbaCan You Feel the Love Tonight?
If you are auditioning for a role in the ENSEMBLE/CHORUS or to be a DANCER – please sing approximately one minute from any of the songs above.
EVERYONE: Be prepared to learn a quick and easy dance routine. Wear comfortable clothes. You also may be asked to read a few lines from the script.
RAFIKI: A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. They are 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. Open to any gender
MUFASA: The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba.
SARABI: A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother.
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. Open to any gender.
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.
YOUNG NALA: A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.
OLDER 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.
OLDER NALA: A courageous lioness and Simba’s best friend.
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. Open to any gender.
PUMBAA: A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. Open to any gender.
ZAZU: The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do their duty. Open to any gender.
SHENZI: One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. Sassy. Open to any gender.
BANZAI: A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. They would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Open to any gender.
ED: The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Open to any gender.
ENSEMBLE/CHORUS/DANCERS: The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, birds, and other creatures.
Opening night: October 14th
Closing : October 23rd
Performance schedule:
Friday October 14th @ 7pm
Saturday October 15th @ 7pm
Sunday October 16th @ 2:30pm
Friday October 21st @ 7pm
Saturday October 22nd @ 7pm
Sunday October 23rd @ 2:30pm