Lion King – Week 2
a note from alise

Diving In, Digging Deep

On Sunday, we hit the ground running. It was evident all of our actors came to rehearsal today ready to work – we love that! But before it all began, both casts took a JPAS mindful meditation moment. After a few calming deep breaths, Hakuna Cast did a mediation on knowing who you are and the Matata cast focused on bravery.

Being an actor takes practice and self-care. Help us set them up for success by making sure each week your actor reviews their lines, songs, choreography, and blocking. Once your actor learns the blocking for a scene, it is important for them to start memorizing that scene so that the blocking and the dialogue solidifies in their head.

Please show your actor our link to the Electronic Resource Library. It has choreography videos and MP3s of songs learned, organized per week, per cast. We would love actors to be off-book as soon as possible. Off-book means not needing their scripts anymore to recite their lines. Directors will be providing an off-book date this week.

Also, kindly encourage your actor to listen to the music as often as possible so that they become more comfortable with the music.

Equally as important is that our actors take the time to restore their well-being and fill their creative well – lessons we could all likely benefit from and incorporate more of into our daily routine. I encourage you too to take time for YOU.

Electronic Resource Library

This week’s new songs and choreography videos are online! Please also keep listening to the CD, reading the script, and memorizing lines. Keep up the good work!

Due to technical difficulties, Hakuna Cast will not have Week 2 resource materials in the library. However, all sing-along and performance tracks are available in the ‘Lion King JR Tracks’ tab in the Resource Library.


Conversation Starters

  • Do you know what blocking means (ask your actor)?
  • Ask your budding actor what their character is like. What is their character’s backstory?
  • Discuss the themes of The Lion King at home. Maybe watch the movie together if you haven’t already or check out some YouTube performances – either the Broadway version and/or other youth productions.

Hakuna Cast

Enthusiasm for the show is off the charts! We are already starting to see actors reacting to the scenes they’re in and making great character choices!

  • First choreography rehearsal – learned Circle of Life! Actors learned the process of using transformative movement to become the animals they will portray.
  • First day of blocking – blocked Scars Cave and so much more!
  • Music rehearsed: Circle of Life and began Grasslands Chant

Matata Cast

The teamwork and productivity was amazing! We covered a lot of ground. So many discoveries – our actors are learning about themselves and their characters.

The students had the experience of working on blocking, character-development, dance, and music (reading and singing).

  • First choreography rehearsal – learned Circle of Life. Experimented with improv so that we can embody our characters’ movements. Also played a game to help us listen for stage cues so that we can think quickly in the moment.
  • Blocked intro. to part of the Elephant Graveyard and so much more!
  • Music learned – Circle of Life, Grasslands Chants, and part of Be Prepared.

Rehearsal – Sunday, February 2

  • Everyone should arrive promptly at 1:30 pm
  • Hakuna cast will meet in Zale Auditorium
  • Matata cast will meet in the Senior Assembly Room
  • Pick-up will be at 5:30 pm in the lobby
  • Please remind our performers to bring their scripts, folder, character-development sheet, pencil, and a highlighter
  • Please pack a healthy snack and a water bottle
  • Wear clothes you can easily move in with sneakers or bring your jazz/dance shoes

Important Dates & Reminders

  • HEAD-SHOTS: This Sunday, February 2 is when we will be taking head-shots for both casts. Please make sure your actor is camera-ready!
  • BIOS: Wednesday, February 5 – actor bios are due. YOU got this! If we do not receive your actor’s bio by Feb. 5 they will not be included in the playbill. Click here to look at a sample format/instructions on how to send in your actor’s bio.
  • PLAYBILL ADS: Wednesday, February 5 – actor Playbill Ad/Messages are due. Think of our playbill as our annual fundraiser. Click here to purchase your playbill ad and learn more.
  • I encourage you to please take care of both the bio and playbill ad now. Knock it off your to-do list and feel like a rock star.
  • ZOO – Save the Date: Sunday, March 8th before rehearsal. We will go to the Dallas Zoo to see the “Simba” who was helpful in the live-action film of The Lion King, enjoy a talk-back with a zoo keeper, and visit some of the other animals that appear in the show!
    • RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, February 5
    • Please email me ( with the subject line Zoo and your actor’s name (i.e Zoo – Alise Robinson) if they will be joining us.
    • Parents are welcome to stay and join us.
    • $6/kid | $6/adult
    • Meet at the Dallas Zoo at 10 am (final time TBD)
    • Parents will need to drive their actor to the Zoo and when we are done take them to the J for rehearsal
    • Might be a good idea to carpool.

Exciting – Tickets are on Sale Now! Buy Early and Save!

Please spread the word about The Lion King JR to friends and family.

Reminder About Healthy Snacks

Please continue to do your best to provide healthy snacks, low in sugar. Healthy, low-sugar snacks help to keep our performers engaged, focused, and on task. We will not be using the vending machines. Again, please pack a water bottle too!

Performing Arts Camps – Filling Fast!

Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower rock! The culture we create oozes awesomeness on every level – it’s the best of times! Please register today to save your spot…seriously!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday!

Shine Bright,

alise sig