Lion King – Week 3
a note from alise

Voice, Heart, and Soul!

Our performers are working hard – way to go! It is so incredible to see how unified each cast has become in such a short amount of time and to watch the friendships and camaraderie build upon doing something they love. Each of you would be super proud to know that all of our actors are stretching their comfort zone and putting themselves out there by embracing all of the theatrical direction they have been given. It’s amazing; they are amazing.

Please continue to encourage performers to be “off-book” (both lines and songs) and to practice their choreography at home (directors have asked them to be). I’ve received such wonderful messages from parents that actors are coming home excited and inspired, and we are thrilled…thank you for sharing!

This week we will be diving deeper into blocking, choreography, and character-development, working to find our characters’ voice, heart, and soul! Putting on a main-stage production is hard work. It requires 100% dedication. Rehearsing for four hours takes focus, refocus, and then some more focus – they’re doing great! Our amazing artistic staff is also hard at work, ensuring everyone is giving it their all, yet having fun!

Electronic Resource Library

Get the latest and greatest on music and choreography learned from past rehearsals. Happy practicing.

Hakuna Cast

  • We discussed bravery and what it looks like, both in the show and in our lives.
  • We worked on specific character walks.
  • We learned the Grasslands number as well as review the Circle of Life choreography.
  • We worked on isolation in our movement styles to achieve different animal characteristics.

Special shout out to the work done on the Lioness Hun; the ensemble is looking fierce!

Matata Cast

  • Rehearsed Circle of Life. It is really coming together – so powerful.
  • We did a ton of blocking. What a great focused and fun day.
  • We discussed what it means to “write your show” and asked that each actor begins that process.
  • Started working on Be Prepared. We did some R&D. We watched some Broadway videos of Be Prepared and videos of hyenas for inspiration!
  • It’s great to see our actors slowly coming into their own with the characters. Seeing them play around with characterization is a joy to watch.

Rehearsal – Sunday, February 9

  • 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

  • PLAYBILL ADS are due today (Wednesday, February 5). Think of our playbill as our annual fundraiser, and your actor will get a memory of a lifetime.
    • Click here to see a sample format/instructions on how to send in your playbill.
  • ZOO (deadline today – Wednesday, February 5!) – 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.

Let Your Inner Marketer Shine – Marketing Materials Are Ready!

At the rounder on Sunday, by the front desk at pick-up, I will have some marketing materials available if you would like to help spread the word – yard signs (limited amount) and flyers (hang at school, temple, local coffee shops, libraries…you name it). If you want to begin spreading the word via social media, rock on; we would love that too! I will be sending out the digital marketing kit in a separate email soon.

Mark Your Calendars – Costume Fittings

  • Hakuna Cast will have costume fittings on Sunday, February 23
  • Matata Cast will have costume fittings on Sunday, March 1

I sent out an email with time slots and required undergarments for each character and how and when to bring the undergarments to the J.  If you have any questions, please email me.

Purchase Your Tickets – Buy Early and Save!

Please spread the word about 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. Actors will not be allowed to use the vending machines.

What’s the Best Camp At the J?

Ask someone who has attended our performing arts camps and they will tell you! Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower Rock! Want to learn more…call or email me (214-239-7140 or I would love to tell you all about it. Please register today to save your spot. Seriously!

  • Click here to learn more about JPAS Camps, StarQuest, and StarPower.
  • Click here for registration forms.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We are posting pics there too!

Looking forward seeing everyone this Sunday!
Please don’t forget to grab your marketing materials at the rounder in the front lobby at 1:30 pm.

Shine Bright,

alise sig