VILLAGERS enter (“One by One”) to share their favorite story. RAFIKIS, the narrators, gather ANIMALS from across the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI (“Circle of Life”). Mufasa’s jealous brother, SCAR, refuses to attend the ceremony, which angers the king. As time passes, SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life to his son and how one day he will become king of the Pridelands. Out for revenge, Scar encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Simba takes his best friend, NALA, there after ditching ZAZU, Mufasa’s loyal advisor (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”). At the graveyard, three hungry hyenas — SHENZI, BANZAI and ED — corner the cubs, but Mufasa arrives and takes them home. Scar emerges to recruit the HYENAS to join his murderous plan to become king himself (“Be Prepared”).
Back in the safety of the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Simba, then tells him to look up at the stars — the great kings of the past will always be there to guide him. The next day, Simba gets trapped in a wildebeest stampede started by Scar. Mufasa rescues Simba, but is pushed by Scar into the stampede, where he is trampled to death. Scar blames Simba and tells him to run away and never return. Scar then assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their “worry-free” home in the jungle (“Hakuna Matata”).
Under Scar’s rule, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Nala, now grown, leaves to get help and finds Simba alive in the jungle (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”). She urges him to come back home to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafki appears and helps him remember his father (“He Lives in You”). With newfound courage, Simba returns to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas (“Luau Hawaiian Treat”) while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa’s murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues (“Finale”).
Auditions: Friday, May 3 – 4:30pm-7:30pm at Indian Hill High School
Auditions are not required, however if you would like to be considered for a role you must audition. All students that do not audition will still be an integral part of the camp and will be in the shows ensemble. Please prepare the audition materials below. If you would like to audition for a role but are unavailable on May 3rd or you have other questions regarding auditions, please email Kimberly@CincinnatiAPA.org.
EVERYONE auditioning for the show should learn this cut of Circle of Life. Please learn the top line, Rafiki’s music. Do not sing the lower line. Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.
Circle of Life Audition Cut Measures 16-47 – 00:46-02:12
Any student interested in the role of Young Simba or Young Nala should learn this cut of Just Can’t Wait to Be King along with the ensemble audition song, Circle of Life. If you are interested in Young Nala, please sing Young Simba’s part in this cut. Click on link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.
Just Can’t Wait to Be King Audition Cut Measures 10-33 – 00:10-00:40
Any student interested in the role of Simba or Nala should learn this cut of Can You Feel The Love Tonight, along with the ensemble audition song, Circle of Life. Click on link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight Audition Cut – 00:56-01:23
Any student interested in the role of Scar should learn this cut of Be Prepared, along with the ensemble audition song, Circle of Life. Click on link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.
Be Prepared Audition Cut – 0030:-01:34
Any student interested in the role of Pumba or Timon should learn this cut of Hakuna Matata, along with the ensemble audition song, Circle of Life. Click on link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.
Hakuna Matata Audition Cut – 00:45-01:43