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Hakuna Matata! SCP holding tryouts next week for Lion King, Jr.


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Community Playhouse’s (SCP) tradition of a summer show catered to kids is back, and auditions for Lion King, Jr. are here.

Next Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, tryouts for SCP’s Lion King, Jr. will take place at the Maxye Veazey Senior Center.

Dubbed “The Lion King Experience,” SCP will not just stage a play by the end of the summer, but throughout practices the children will learn about the history behind the origins of the characters, the setting, and even how to speak a little Swahili.

Everyone knows the story of Disney’s Lion King, and with classic songs such as “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Circle of Life,” it’s considered an all-time great. However, director Sherry Vickers wants people to know that the play version does have its differences from the animated movie.

“Not a lot of people are familiar with the Broadway version,” said Vickers. “A lot of those children will come in thinking there will be furry costumes with Mufasa and all that, but it’s not that at all. The Lion King on Broadway is more human. It’s more like telling a story through the African legends, history, and heritage than a kids’ cartoon.”

In order to participate, one must be in the age range of 6 through 18 on the day of their audition. During the audition, kids will be split into age groups and be evaluated on their acting, singing, and dancing abilities.

Registration will start at 5:00 p.m. both days with tryouts slated to start around 5:30 p.m.

If needed, callbacks will occur on Thursday, May 5.

Fore more information about auditions and registration, check out SCP’s Facebook page.

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