LION KING KIDS FULL SYNOPSIS
VILLAGERS enter ("One by One") to share their favorite story. RAFIKIS, the narrators, gather ANIMALS from across the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life"). Mufasa's jealous brother, SCAR, refuses to attend the ceremony, which angers the king. As time passes, SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life to his son and how one day he will become king of the Pridelands. Out for revenge, Scar encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Simba takes his best friend, NALA, there after ditching ZAZU, Mufasa's loyal advisor ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"). At the graveyard, three hungry hyenas – SHENZI, BANZAI and ED – corner the cubs, but Mufasa arrives and takes them home. Scar emerges to recruit the HYENAS to join his murderous plan to become king himself ("Be Prepared").
Back in the safety of the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Simba, then tells him to look up at the stars – the great kings of the past will always be there to guide him. The next day, Simba gets trapped in a wildebeest stampede started by Scar. Mufasa rescues Simba, but is pushed by Scar into the stampede, where he is trampled to death. Scar blames Simba and tells him to run away and never return. Scar then assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their "worry-free" home in the jungle ("Hakuna Matata").
Under Scar's rule, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Nala, now grown, leaves to get help and finds Simba alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). She urges him to come back home to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafki appears and helps him remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba returns to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues ("Finale").
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LION KING KIDS CAST LIST
Rafikis- A wise madrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. The Rafiki narrators - five aspects of one character - are the five leading villagers who become the story's narrators. There is an air of mystery to Rafiki, who seemingly knows all.
Mufasa- The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands.
Sarabi- A featured lioness, Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother.
Zazu- The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty.
Scar- The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands.
Young Simba- The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can't wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa's death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny.
Simba- Grows from a cub to lion in "Hakuna Matata." Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar.
Young Nala- A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.
Nala- Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.
Banzai- A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren't so lazy.
Shenzi- One of Scar's hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself.
Ed- The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication.
Hyenas- Scar's army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands.
Timon- An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo.
Pumbaa- A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation.
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Performance: Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00pm
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2035 S Alma School Rd
Mesa, AZ 85210
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