DISNEY’S
LION KING, JR.

Music by ELTON JOHN and TIM RICE
Book by ROGER ALLERS and IRENE MECCHI
Based on the Broadway production directed by JULIE TAYMOR
Directed by GREG WILLIAMS, JR.

The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, June 16 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 17 at 2:00pm
Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm

VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

TICKETS
Regular Admission | $22
Kids | $17
Early Bird Pre-Sale Discount Until May 12 | $17
Groups of 10 or More | $17 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.

RUN TIME
Run Time: 1 Hour

FEATURING
Auditions for this production are scheduled for May 6. Please register here.

G- RATED SHOW
Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.

CREATIVE TEAM
Director GREG WILLIAMS JR.
Choreographer DWIGHT BELL
Musical Director ALLISON BLUMENTHAL
Stage Manager CHRISTOPHER DANIEL
Costume Designer LAKETA CASTON-HOSEY
Assistant Director KRYSTAL BLATCHER
Scenic Designer GREG WILLIAMS JR.
Props Master MELANIE WILLIAMS
Production Manager HOPE LANDOR

CAST
Rafiki: Kennedi Davenport
Mufasa: Drelan Evans
Scar: Nicole Mann
Young Simba: Kooper Smith
Zazu: Jackson Dammers
Simba: Tay-Rafael Jackson
Young Nala: Jayla Rents
Nala: Le'Keldria Whitfield
Bonzai: Elijah Johnson
Shenzi: Natalie Creel
Ed: Jayla Alexander
Timon: Forest Raetzsch
Pumbaa: Nicholas Foreman
          
FEATURED DANCERS:  
Adaya Robertson
Alayna Henry
Alaysha Jor'dae Richard
Aniyah Mallard
Elisha Jenkins
Jalayisa Irnise Scott Whitfield
Jasmine Hebert
Kiersten Popillion
Kodie D. Brown
Nadia Hebert
Navaeh A. Robertson
Raymond Turner
Chandler Kaden Welch
Trinity Star Alexander
Tyler Thomas
Vanessa Williams

AFRICAN ORISHA CHOIR MEMBERS
Celeste Brown
Elisha Jenkins
Hannah Niya Dunn
Jarvis Stewart
Karson Johnson-Harris
Stephani George
Zion Johnson

ENSEMBLE
Alikea Johnson
Alivia Landry
Caleigh Frankin
Dakota Daniel
Dasia Mallard
Jameer Oliver
Marley Gauthier
Moria Gauthier
Najila McGee
Torian Lynn Smith

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Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz'

1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film.

2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 
3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 
4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter.

5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson.

6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 
7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 
8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 
9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem.

10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 
11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture.

12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz' 1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film. 2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter. 5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson. 6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem. 10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture. 12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!