Announcing Auditions for: The Lion King JR

Music and Lyrics by
Elton John & Tim Rice

Additional Music and Lyrics by
Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin,
and Hans Zimmer

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor

Directed by Jerilyn B. Nacht 
Musical Direction by Cheryl J. Campo
Choreographed by Megan McNellage
Produced by Elli Swink

ANNOUNCING: Auditions for DTC Kids’ production of Disney’s The Lion King JR

January 25, 6:30pm-9:30pm, at Clearspring Elementary School, 9930 Moyer Road, Damascus, MD
January 28, 1-3pm at Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus, MD

Callbacks: January 28, 3-5pm
Tentative Show Dates: April 28, 29, 30

We ask that you prepare 16-bars of a song in the musical theater style (no pop/rock music) and bring a current photo. Children will be asked to read from the script and learn a dance combination. Bring sheet music, preferably in a 3-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided.

Casting children 3rd through 12th grades, ages 8-18.

Please email with your name, age, phone number, and the day and time which you’d like to audition. You won’t hear back from us unless there is a problem.

There is a fee of $250 per child, if cast. The fee includes a family membership to DTC, a show t-shirt, and helps with production expenses. Parents will be expected to assist with production needs.

Rehearsals will start in February.

The African savannah comes to life on the 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.

Character Descriptions:

Rafiki – A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. Rafiki 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.

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. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines, for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen.

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.

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. For a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s dark side while handling Scar’s sarcastic sense of humor. Solos can be spoken.

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. 

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. 

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 choreography, particularly for “The Lioness Hunt,” strong dancers may be desirable as well.

Young Nala– A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. Young Nala does sing a little, need a strong female performer who can portray this confident cub.

Nala – Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.

Sarafina – A featured lioness and Nala’s mother. She has one short, spoken line.

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.

Banzai – A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. This roles is for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness. Banzai is always featured with Shenzi and Ed.

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.

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.” Need actors who are able to sing the background parts of that song while playing the loud and raucous characters. 

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.

Pumbaa – A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. A boy or girl can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.

Ensemble – The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures.

Disney’s The Lion King JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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