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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Interview #3 With the Cast of "Lion King, Jr!"

We're just a couple of days from the premiere of Disney's The Lion King, Jr!

Let's continue our interviews with the cast - today's let's hear from two more sisters - Elyse Samssekou plays Young Nala, who is Young Simba's best friend, and her sister Nadia plays a leopard and ensemble.

Q: What is The Lion King story about?

Elyse: The Lion King story is about Simba growing up and discovering that he is the rightful king!

Nadia: It's kind of hard to explain... It's mostly about family and friendship.

Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?

Nadia: Because I thought it would be fun, and it really was.

Elyse: I have done many shows before, and I really love First Stage Theatre Company. Also, Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies!

Q: What's your favorite song in the show?

Elyse: My favorite song of the show is "Shadowland."

Nadia: I've got two favorite songs. My first one is "The Lioness Hunt." My second one is "Just Can't Wait to Be King."

Q: If a kid out there is thinking about trying out for a show, what would you say to them?

Elyse: Definitely do it! It is an amazing experience, and even if you don't like it, at least you can say you tried something new!

Nadia: I think they would do a good job!

Q: Do you think people out there will enjoy this show (and why)?

Nadia: Yes, because all the cast members are really good dancers and singers, and they are nice!

Elyse: They will definitely enjoy the show, because we put many hours into it, and the costumes are amazing!

Thanks, Elyse and Nadia!

   Disney's Lion King, Jr. - First Stage Theatre Company presents the musical based on the Disney animated film and the Broadway show at the Renaissance Theatre at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Shows will be offered on Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children (12 and under) and senior citizens.

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