“The play is really about finding your purpose in life,” says Makenzie Green, who plays the character Zazu in the Disney play, “The main character, Simba, goes through a lot of loss and pain, but eventually finds his true purpose in the end.”
Maya Mackey, who plays the character Rafiki, states, “It’s a good story seeing as how everyone comes together to help Simba,” saying, “I think that it’s a good message to send out to kids, to parents, to anyone — that you should stand up for not only what you believe in, but also what other people believe in.”
To the closely-knit cast of “Lion King Jr.” this message correlates well.
The teamwork and camaraderie so well- portrayed in the play is embodied at every practice and offstage.
Standing up for and believing in this to some, archaic art form is a mutual agreement with all of the many cast members, and indeed the whole crew.
“We have some really awesome, talented, creative people, they can sing, and dance, and act, and they paint, they painted a lot of the set pieces and the artwork that we’re doing,” says Mrs. Bennett. “Everything that the audience is going to see, the kids and their parents have put together.”
Abby Lane, who plays Timone, says that the very aura is exciting. “It’s very fun, and everybody’s so energetic, there a lot of happy and positive vibes, I just love it.”
Maya Mackey remarks about the gifted cast, saying, “Being around such good and talented people … the dancers are extremely talented for their ages, the singers and actors are phenomenal.”
“Lion King Jr.,” a production of Theatre Centre, made possible by the MTI, comes out Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each evening.