Friends Middle School will present the Disney musical, The Lion King, Jr. on Friday, March 6th at 7:30, Saturday, March 7th, at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available to purchase by clicking here
Originally inspired by Shakespeare’s classic, Hamlet, the Lion King was first released by Disney as a movie in 1996 with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show premiered on Broadway in 1997. Since its opening, it has enjoyed over 9000 performances on Broadway, several international tours, and a 2019 movie.
This year’s Middle School production is directed by Robert Oppel, Cecile Audette, musical director, and Karlie Burnham, choreographer. Young Simba, the future king of the Pridelands (Jullian Strong ’26), is born to Mufasa (Geoff Crosby, ’24) and Sarabi (Tess Porter, ’24), and the story opens as the Rafiki, the mandrill (Chloe Lyons, ’25) presents Young Simba to the animals of the Pridelands.
To be sure no harm befalls him, Simba is carefully looked after by the hornbill, Zazu (Macy Goldberg, ’24). He and his accomplice, Young Nala (Kennedy Brantley, ’26), are always looking for adventure, keeping Zazu quite busy. Meanwhile, Mufasa’s jealous brother, Scar (Sylena Christian, ’24) is ever plotting to take over the kingdom. As young Simba grows older, Scar and his hyena minions, Banzai (Noa Sach-Kohen, ’24), Shenzi (Chloe Green, ’24) and Ed (Qadar Al’Uqduh ’25) subtly manipulate Simba to make decisions that put him in danger in hopes to lure Mufasa to an untimely end. Simba runs away, promising to never return. Will Simba return to claim his crown and fulfill his destiny? Come to our production to find out!
Hear the songs you remember and love. Look for your favorite characters, including the whimsical Meerkat, Timon (Ellie Sherman, ’24), his charming warthog side-kick, Pumba (Sincere Heughan, ’26), grown Simba (Connor Ennis, ’24) his grown-up child companion, Nala (Amira Hatten, ’25) her mother, Serafina (Maya Molina, ’24), and an ensemble of more than 40 animals from the Pridelands which complete the “Circle of Life” in the Friends Middle School production of Disney’s Lion King, Jr.