First Stage Theatre Company will hold auditions for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church at 520 11th Street in Huntington.
Auditions are open to young people, ranging from High School seniors to First Graders. Those auditioning may arrive anytime during those hours. They should be prepared to sing 30 seconds from the song of their choice. They will read some lines from a script that will be provided, and they will be taught a short dance for the audition – so wear clothes and shoes appropriate for dancing.
The musical is based on the beloved Disney animated film. It will be presented on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 2015, at the Renaissance Theatre at 900 8th Street in Huntington.
The show’s directing team includes: Director Chuck Minsker, Music Director Mark Smith, Choreographer Melissa Marcum, Assistant Directors Ashleigh Bailey-Bannon, Robyn Welch and Zach Davis, and producers Leslie Comer-Porter and Becky Craig.
The hit musical based on “The Lion King” is still running on Broadway and touring the world. First Stage is the first West Virginia theatre company to stage the Junior version of the production, which follows the story of a young lion named Simba, who was born to be a King but tricked into running away from his responsibilities. He must remember his heritage and face great dangers if he wants to reclaim his crown.
The show boasts a string of popular songs, including “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.”
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. is the first show in the 26th season for Huntington’s long-running children’s theatre. Shows coming up this season include the play “Pinnochio” and “Junie B. Jones, Jr.” in Spring 2016.
The mission of First Stage Theatre Company is to provide opportunities for children to develop social and communication skills by participating in the performing arts and to promote fine arts education through the presentation of theatrical productions to children and families in our community.