Announcing Auditions

EXCITING NEWS! 
The Kettleworks Traveling Players have now been accepted into the

Junior Theater Festival West 2020!

Congratulations, KTP!!

We are seeking 15 performers between the age of

7 - 18 who dream of traveling, digging deeper into their art, and sharing their gifts with the community!

All members of the Kettleworks Traveling Players will be guaranteed a role in our Fall 2019 production of

Disney's The Lion King JR.
 

Travel team members will also have the opportunity to perform for the community, travel to exciting locations for workshops & performances, and every member will be given an excellent, in-depth performing arts education.

 

For those who have been accepted onto the 2019-20 KTP travel team, 
CONGRATULATIONS! 

Are you a performer between the age of

7 - 18 who would love to get up on that stage? 

This is your chance! JOIN US for our Fall 2019 production of Disney's The Lion King JR.

 

Would you like to discover more about this amazing production? Check out our

 Program Info

Audition Details

Synopsis & Character Descriptions

and Audition Materials

to help you prepare!

All roles have been cast for

Disney's The Lion King JR.

Keep your eyes peeled here for Spring 2020 production info - COMING SOON!

Join us for our performances,

November 15th & 16th

Keep your eyes peeled here for news about our 2020-2021 team - COMING SOON!

PROGRAM INFO

Age/Grade Levels: Auditions for Disney's The Lion King JR. are open to all performers ages 7 - 18 (all performers must remain younger than 19 through production dates). 

Audition Date: TBD - we are currently finalizing, but anticipate auditions will take place in early September 2019

Performance Dates: TBD - we are currently finalizing, but anticipate performances will take place in mid-late November 2019

Rehearsal Details:  Wednesdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM,  Thursdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM, most Saturdays, 12:00 - 5:00 (times will vary)

** Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's age and role. Most performers will not be required to be present at full rehearsals every week.

Tuition: $365 per performer

Included:

  65+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Ample stage time for every performer

  Professional script 

  Show T-shirt  

  Costumes, Props, Set

  Full Performance of Disney's The Lion King JR.  (see details below)

  A Special Note:  The final performance of Disney's The Lion King JR.  will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers and staff. Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen circumstance all performers will put in their best effort to attend every required rehearsal. 

AUDITION DETAILS

In order to be part of Disney's The Lion King JR.  it is necessary for every registered performer to attend auditions.  This will be a fun way for us to get to know our performers. If your performer is not interested in a featured role, please feel free to communicate that to us. Performers in Disney's The Lion King JR. will need to sign up for an audition time (coming soon!). Further details will be emailed closer to the audition date. 

WHEN: Early September 2019 - specific date TBD - check back soon!

WHERE:  TBD location in the East Renton Highlands - check back soon!

WHAT TO PREPARE:    Please prepare one minute of a song. Musical theatre style is preferred, but it is our desire that our performers have fun and be comfortable with their song choice. We also  highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion. 

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want 

               to hear YOU!

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

WANT MORE PERSONALIZED HELP?

Sign up for Coaching with KPA Founder, Jennifer Kessler, at a discount!  Indicate your desired quantity of Coaching Sessions on your registration form, and be sure to include the Promo Code ROAR25 to receive 40% off the regular Coaching price. We highly recommend booking two or more sessions to help prepare. Coaching can help your performer choose a song, prepare acting sides, and build confidence!

Please note that specific roles will not be promised to anyone, including students of our Coaching program. 

Want to know more about 

Disney's The Lion King JR?

Check out these great resources!

Show Synopsis

Character Descriptions

Audition Materials

 

AUDITION DETAILS

In order to be part of the Kettleworks Traveling Players, it is necessary for every interested performer to attend auditions.  Please note that while it is our intent to accept any performer who is committed to being a part of the team, acceptance into the program will also be dependent upon the teamwork and collaboration that is demonstrated in the auditions. Our travel team will require focus and a strong sense of professionalism when we are "on the road" so it is important that each travel team member be able to work well with others, behave respectfully towards new instructors and fresh audience members, as well as maintaining focus onstage. 

DID YOU MISS OUR JUNE AUDITIONS? Contact us today to schedule a personal audition for KTP!

**We are continuing to accept team members but our deadline to audition is closing so DON'T WAIT!**

WHAT TO PREPARE:    Please prepare 60-90 seconds of a musical theatre style song.  We also highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion. Each performer will perform his/her song individually and then we will conduct a workshop-style group audition including improvisation activities, acting sides from Disney's The Lion King JR., and a dance portion.

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want to hear YOU!

               * We highly recommend using a background track or live accompaniment as opposed to singing a capella*

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

PROGRAM INFO

Age/Grade Levels: Auditions for The Kettleworks Traveling Players are open to all performers ages 7 - 18.

*Please note that performers must remain 18 years old or younger through March 2020.*

Audition Date: June 23, 2019    See further Audition Details HERE

Tuition: Varies depending on hotel room occupancy and flight details. Please contact for further details!    

Included:

  A trip to Sacramento, CA to participate in the Junior Theater Festival West 2020

  100+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  A guaranteed role in our Fall 2019 production of Disney's The Lion King JR.

  Opportunities to perform for, and connect with, our local community

  Professional script 

  KTP team T-shirt, bag, and hoodie/jacket 

Rehearsals & Travel

Members of the Kettleworks Traveling Players will participate in our Fall 2019 Production of Disney's The Lion King JR.  Once our fall production has wrapped, KTP team members will have additional rehearsals to prepare for our February trip to the Junior Theater Festival West 2020. We may occasionally have brief additional rehearsals as local performance opportunities arise. 

Junior Theater Festival West Info
  Dates - February 7-10, 2020

  Estimated rehearsal breakdown:

Fall Production of The Lion King JR.

   Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00 PM (approximately 3 per month)

   Duration of rehearsals - approximately 10 weeks

Kettleworks Traveling Players  - JTF Prep

 January-February 2020 rehearsals will help us to prepare our 15-minute excerpt of Disney's The Lion King JR. for adjudication   at JTF West '20.

   Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, ~ 1:00 - 4:00 PM

   Duration of rehearsals - early January through mid-February 2020 

  A Special Note:  It is the goal of the Kettleworks Traveling Players/Kettleworks Performing Arts to create a true theatre family with this troupe. We here at KPA strive to nurture mutual respect in every performer who passes through our doors and to instill a strong sense of work ethic while encouraging passion and building community. A big part of this character building is consistency in our rehearsals, activities, and performances.  Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen circumstance all performers will put in their best effort to attend every required rehearsal, and if a missed rehearsal is unavoidable the performer/perfomer's family will do all they can to independently catch up on any missed materials.

 
 

About

Disney's

The Lion King JR.

We always encourage our students to arrive as prepared as possible for auditions, and we love providing the right tools! Check out the show info below - it's everything you need to build your confidence before you arrive!

Synopsis

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film as well as the Broadway smash-hit, The Lion King JR. is a beautiful and captivating show following the journey of Simba, the lion cub. Simba lives a happy life in the pride lands as the son of the lion king, Mufasa, and imagines what life will be like one day when he is the king. However, when Simba is framed by his power-hungry uncle, Scar, for the death of his father, Simba must escape and find a new way to live. Along the way he meets colorful friends both new and old, and ultimately must find strength in himself to seek out the truth of his life and who he really is meant to be. 

Character Descriptions

Rafiki:

A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. A very strong singing voice and bold presence onstage is required for this role.

Vocal Range: A3 - C5

Young Simba:

The protagonist of the story, Simba 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. Lots of energy and a strong stage presence is required for this role.

Vocal Range B3 - E5

Simba:

The grown-up representation of the lion prince, Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar. Mature, strong acting skills and a solid singing voice are required for this role.

Vocal Range B3 - E5

Scar:

The antagonist of the show, Scar is 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. A clever wit and strong, sly presence is desired for this role. Strong acting skills are required.

Vocal Range A3 - A4

Young Nala:

A courageous lioness and Young Simba's best friend, Nala is not afraid to speak her mind. A playful, bold presence and great chemistry with Young Simba are required for this role.

Vocal Range A3 - C5

Nala:

The grown-up representation of the lioness, Older Nala is a queenly lioness who is devoted to her pride and their home, as well as her old friend Simba. Very strong, mature acting skills and a solid singing voice are required for this role.

Vocal Range G3 - E5

Mufasa:

The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. A mature presence and solid singing skills is required for this role.

Vocal Range B3 - C5

Zazu: The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Poor Zazu just can't seem to keep up with the young lions sometimes! A spunky presence and solid acting skills are required for this role. 

Timon

An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. Timon appears to be the leader of the duo, but courage sometimes is in short supply.  Strong comedic timing, a very bold presence, and a good sense of rhythm is required for this role.

Vocal Range B3 - B4

Pumbaa: 

A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation, Pumbaa is best friends with Timon. A strong sense of comedic timing and the ability to stay focused as the "straight man" in a comedic duo is required for this role.

Vocal Range D4 - G5

The Hyenas

Shenzi: One of Scar's hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands, Shenzi is sassy and is always looking out for herself. A very bold presence onstage is required for this role.

Banzai: A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar, Banzai could be the leader of the group if hyenas weren't so lazy. A very bold presence onstage is required for this role.

Ed: The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys, Ed has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. An ability to laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions is required for this role.

 

Sarabi: Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother. Sarabi must have a gentle but regal presence and be able to portray the heart of the lionesses.

Serafina: Nala's mother and friend to Sarabi. Serafina is a member of the lioness group.

Lionesses: The fierce hunters of the Pridelands. The Lionesses must have a clear, strong pesencbe strong singers, and strong dancing skills are also desired for these roles.

Hyenas: Scar's army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who have a rowdy, but often lazy, energy. 

Audition Materials

We want to help young performers to feel confident at auditions! Please check out the materials below to help your performer prepare. We know they will blow us away!

Read over portions of the script and sheet music for each character

This is the Audition Central page of the Music Theatre International website. To view materials for our show, scroll down until you see the option to "Select a Show". Click on "Disney's The Lion King JR." and you will find excerpts for every character.

Are you looking to listen to some of the songs? 

This is the main show description page. To listen to songs, scroll down until you see the SONGS option on the right-hand menu. Click on SONGS and you will be able to listen!

Are you ready to audition for KTP? 

 
 
 

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