Central Park Players

Lion King Jr

Book by: Rodger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Music & Lyrics by: Tim Rice & Elton John

Directed by Trudi Kerkstra
Assistant directed by Andrew Kitchka.
Musical direction by Jessica Draper
Choreography by Sam Ferrar

Performance Dates:


RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI (“Circle of Life with Nants’ Ingonyama”). The king’s jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes (“Grasslands Chant”) and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend, YOUNG NALA, hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES (“The Lioness Hunt”) and invites her on his adventure. Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter, ZAZU (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas, then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king (“Be Prepared”). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba, then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars (“They Live in You”).

Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest (“The Stampede”). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king’s death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba (“The Mourning”), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their “worry-free” jungle home (“Hakuna Matata”).

Under Scar’s reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help (“Shadowland”). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father (“He Lives in You”). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return 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").

The Cast

Rafiki – Keagan Welty
Mufasa – Gabi Tomes

Sarabi – Keira Staley

Zazu – Marin Marietta Keeler

Scar – Darion Ryan Fearnley

Young Simba – Liam Frank Tiles

Simba – Evan Michael Bolla

Young Nala – Aurora Ponce

Nala – Lauren Matz

Sarafina – Emily Drost

Banzai – Emmet Staley

Shenzi – Adelaide Marie VandenBerg

Ed – Jemma Nicole Norkoli

Timon – Sophia Kelly Anderson

Pumbaa – Charlie Beute

Lioness Pride

Lucy Herlein

Abigail Kirchner

Molly Matz

Lucy Faye Moser

Morgan Marie Sahr

Rowynn Aileen Staley

Ashley Tesmer

Emma Lynn Thompson

Shannon Marie Walsh

Ensemble

Emercyn Carpenter

Kinley Eikenberry

Emily Holmberg

Maggie Holmberg

Shelly Ruth Ann Marsh

Alison Mastee

Hope Shunta

Reagan Snyder

Aberlein VandenBerg

Isla Ziegenfelder

Hyena/Wildebeest

Jonah Beute

London Maxwell Carpenter

Lyric Ponce

Westry Keeler

Maya Perry

Oliver Shunta

Xander Leo Michael Tomes

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