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Upcoming Auditions

The St. Michael’s Players are excited to announce upcoming auditions for their spring youth show:

Plot Summary

The Lion King tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including lioness Nala, meerkat Timon, and loveable Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and comfort his wicked uncle Scar. 

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Directors: Rose Stella, Dee Ward, and Becky Moriarty                       

Musical Director: Frank Jackson 

Choreographer: Debra Vega

 

Show dates will be April 28th, 29th, and 30th with rehearsals beginning in mid January; January-April (Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Those cast in the production may not be called for every rehearsal.

 

AUDITION INFO:

 

Auditions will be held for actors ages 7-25 at the St. Michael’s Community Center 53 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Monday, January 2nd OR Tuesday January 3rd, 2023

Those auditioning need only attend one of the nights. You may be called back but will be notified if that is the case.

  • 6:00 p.m. - for those auditioning for Ensemble only

  • 6:45  p.m. - for those auditioning for a Leading Role ​ ​ ​​

         ***Consideration for Leading Roles will be given based on age (appropriate for the character) and experience. 

  • Callbacks: Monday, January 9th

What to Know

Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of one of the following songs.

For ensemble auditions: Circle of Life
 

For Lead role auditions, please choose a song that belongs to the character you would like to audition for.

Choices are:

Circle of Life (if interested in Rafiki, please prepare this song beginning with the chant)
Hakuna Matata (Timon, Pumba, Simba)
I Just Can’t Wait To Be King (Young Simba)
Shadowlands (Nala)
Be Prepared (Scar)
They Live in You (Mufasa)

- Wear COMFORTABLE CLOTHING and sneakers or dance shoes.
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Ensemble auditions will include a choral singing of Circle of Life and a short, choreographed dance will be taught.
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Leading role auditions will include a solo voice audition using one of the songs listed, readings from the script, learning a short, choreographed dance.
 

**Please fill out the following Audition Form online and bring it with you.  A headshot will be taken when you arrive. (Forms will be available for those without access to a printer, but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY IF YOU NEED TO FILL OUT THE FORM THAT NIGHT).

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.

Mufasa: The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands.

Sarabi: A featured lioness, Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother.

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.
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.

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.

Young Nala: A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.

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.

Ed: The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication.

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."

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.

Pumbaa: A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation.

Ensemble: The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures you choose to include.

Audition Form: "The Lion King Jr."

April 28th-30th, 2023

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Vocal Range (select all that apply)
If you are not give a solo, are you willing to sing in an ensemble number?
If you are not cast in a major role would you accept a part in the chorus/ensemble?
Have you ever been in a St. Michaels production?
Have you ever spoken or read in front of a group?
Have you ever danced in front of a group?
Do you use a walking device or wheelchair?
Have you ever sung in front of a group?
Can you get across the stage on your own?
Can you speak clearly in sentences?
Do you use sign language?
Will you need any modifications to succeed in your role?
Please look carefully at the rehearsal and performance schedule. At this time are there any rehearsals or performances that you will be unable to attend?

Thanks for submitting!

We have stopped accepting online submissions at this time. HOWEVER, we would love for you to print out the form and fill it out in advance OR arrive early to fill out an audition form in person! We hope to see you soon!

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