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The Lion King JR.

September/October 2023, Richmond School of Arts

The Lion King JR 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. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colourful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. The Lion King JR features everyone's favourite songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and more.

Director: Tyson Moon

Music Director: David Catterall

Choreographer: Melanie Kerr

Production Manager: Karen Jack

Stage Manager: Jake Elston

Assistant Production Manager: Lochlan Falzon

Assistant Director: Alana Kenn

Assistant Music Director: Tahlia McGown

Assistant Choreographer: Judith Okereafor

Assistant Stage Manager: Claudia Thomas

Rafiki: Ceecee Duru

Simba: Sam Wright

Nala: Chelsea Weldon

Young Simba: Zac Wardrop

Young Nala: Eva De Los Angeles

Mufasa: Tyrese Arriaga

Scar: Lochlan Falzon

Zazu: Bonnie Sherriff

Timon: Kaylie Camilleri

Pumbaa: Chantelle Tabone

Sarabi: Maya Watkins/Lana Testoni

Sarafina: Bella Sidoruk/Jessie Hicks

Shenzi: Molly Weaver/Charli Terry

Banza: Isabella Cobban/Amanda Lopez

Ed: Erica Loizou/Max Wand

Featured Dancers:

Aaliyah Thurtell

Annabel Forbes

April Myers

Chiamaka Duru

Hayley Fox

Jack Smith

Klancy Godsell

Violet Godsell


Ashleigh Adams

Brooke Wiles

Cameron Clarke

Cleo Franco-Lang

Evelyn Clarke

Francesco Di Leo

Henry Cassim

Jasmine Adams

Macy Hope

Olivia Adams

Owen McDonagh

Samuel Forbes

Sophie Jack

Trilby Hope

Abbey Hunt

Angellina Leaga

Boleyn Veitch

Elizabeth Baker

Elle Neilson

Hayley Phielix

Imogen Murray

Manny De Los Angeles

Olivia Lombardi

Raphael De Los Angeles

Talia-Jayne Lawler

Alana Kenn

Tyler Hunt

Viktoria Cini


Rafiki: Erica Loizou

Simba: Jack Smith

Nala: Sophie Jack

Young Simba: Owen McDonagh

Young Nala: Annabel Forbes

Mufasa: Cameron Clarke

Scar: Cameron Clarke

Zazu: Violet Godsell

Timon: Klancy Godsell

Pumbaa: Isabella Cobban

Pit Singers:

Abbey Hunt

Alana Kenn

Angellina Leaga

Bella Sidoruk

Cameron Clarke

Cleo Franco-Lang

Erica Loizou

Jessie Hicks

Lana Testoni

Maya Watkins

Molly Weaver

Sophie Jack

Tahlia McGown

Fantasia Showstoppers’ Production of Disney’s 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

Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Music & Lyrics and “Luau Hawaiian Treat” written by Will Van Dyke

“It’s a Small World” written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Photography Credit: InTouch Photography

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