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“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.

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