Directed by Bryce Muenchow

Music and Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice 

Middle School Production

Registration is due by Thursday, May 25th at 12:00 pm at the Beaver Dam Middle School office located at 108 4th St.

Have you always wanted to perform on stage, but haven't been sure where to begin? Have you already been bitten by the "acting bug" and are looking for your next theatrical fix? Or maybe, you aren't interested in acting but are more of a "behind the scenes" person. Whatever the case, this new summer school class is for you! Come be a part of our show and learn what it takes to put a production together - from auditions to the final bow!

In addition to the on-stage show, there is supplemental curriculum designed to introduce you to a wide range of theatrical skills such as: Directing, Design, Music, Playwriting, Choreography, and more

 

Participants: 

This class is open to current 6th-8th graders (all students who sign up and audition will be involved in the production)

 

Class Dates:

June 5 (Auditions - be prepared to sing approximately 30 seconds to a minute of a song of your choosing. You will also be expected to read a short scene. Wear comfortable clothes as there will be some moving around, but no dancing.) Also, please come prepared with your summer calendar through July 23rd so the director is aware of any class conflicts.

  

June 6th (First read through)

June 12-July 20, 2017 Rehearsals: Mondays - Thursdays,  (no class the week of July 3-7, 2017)             

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm *Optional review time from 12:00-12:30pm (starting June 12)

Where: Beaver Dam Middle School Auditorium.  The last week and a half, class will be held at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater. Class will meet at the middle school and walk to the theater together and walk back at 12:00pm and 12:30pm.

 

Show Dates(mandatory): July 20 @ 7:00pm

                                      July 21 @ 1:30pm and 7:00pm

                                      July 22 @ 1:30pm and 7:00pm

                                      July 23 @ 1:30pm

 

Performances:  Held at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre which is located at 219 N. Spring St. in Beaver Dam.  

Director: Bryce Muenchow - bryce.muenchow@gmail.com

BDMS Summer School Principal: Katie Hahn - hahnk@bdusd.org

 

General Summer School Info Here

 

Character Breakdown

Welcome to The Lion King Experience! Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on 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.

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
 
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."
 
Mufasa
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) New York, NY 




About BDACT

The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has become a vital organization for our communities, offering so much opportunity for education and entertainment to everyone of all ages. For our youth, it is a “door” to explore their talents and future career choices, as well as a way to build their self-esteem and enjoy positive childhood experiences. For adults, it gives opportunities to discover and show talents, to build skills, to establish new friendships, and to gain a great sense of pride in their accomplishments.



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