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Get ready to ROAR!

Who: Ages 3-12
What: Kids On Stage Rising Star Academy Spring 2023 Production
When: See Full Rehearsal Schedule Below 
Production Fee: $120, includes four months of musical theater instruction, a cast
t-shirt, and script.

Production Experience 

This Rising Star Academy production offers a fast-paced but FUN education in musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting, while working towards a culminating production of Disney's The Lion King JR. As a part of this Rising Star Academy cast, cast members will receive training in acting, singing, and dance technique. They will learn theatrical terminology and etiquette, and they will build confidence and explore their creative side in a brave, encouraging, and challenging environment. At the end of our rehearsal time together, cast members will showcase their learning in a fully produced production with costumes, sets, props, lights, and special effects! 

Show Synopsis 

The Lion King JR. tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar.


Tuition, Fundraising, & Other Fees 

Tuition for this session of Rising Star Academy is $120 per cast member. This production fee will include four months of musical theater instruction, a cast t-shirt, and script.  Financial assistance and payment plans are available. Please email for info. The entire tuition is due at the time the cast member auditions.

Due to the participation cost associated with our program compared to the high cost of producing a production, several fundraisers are required of the cast. Parents may pay a buy-out fee of $250 not to have to participate in any of the planned fundraisers. You can read more about the planned Lion King JR fundraisers here


Most costumes will require a costume fee for cleaning, alterations, rental fees, or materials. These fees will be sent with the costume breakdowns for each cast member.

Tickets to the performance will be available to parents for purchase prior to the public sale for $10 each.

Schedule & Rehearsal Attendance 

All rehearsals take place in Snow Hill, NC at the Greene County Wellness Center (84 N. Perry Drive). A tentative production schedule is attached below. Please review the schedule closely prior to registering to ensure your child has minimal conflicts with the rehearsal process and zero conflicts with tech week and show dates. Prior to the auditions, you will receive a conflict form that you can fill out to let our Dream Team know of any rehearsals (outside of Tech Week) that your cast member will be absent or late for. 

Rising Star Academy is broken into small group sessions and full cast sessions. After casting, you can plan for the small group sessions your cast member should attend. It is unlikely that your cast member will be called for small group rehearsals every weekend.


This spring, we are excited to bring back our daytime school performance on Friday, May 5th, at 10:30 AM for local elementary schools, homeschool groups, and daycares. Cast members in this production are expected to be present for this performance. We recognize that this is a school day for most of our cast members. Families will receive a letter written by our Artistic Director that explains this exciting educational opportunity that they may share with administrators and teachers to get this absence or tardy (if returning to school after the performance) excused. 

Finally, please remember that a musical is a living, breathing entity. Things don't always go exactly as planned, so changes in the plan will be made throughout the rehearsal process. We promise to give you as much advanced notice as possible on all changes that arise. 

Rising Star Academy-SP23: Lion King JR Schedule​


No experience is needed to participate in a Kids On Stage Rising Star Academy production, and no one is ever cut. Auditions for The Lion King JR will take place on February 4th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Those enrolled will be sent scenes & songs to prepare. Cast members will be asked to sing, dance, and act using materials provided before the audition. Materials will be sent to emails provided on the registration form starting January 21st until registration closes. Please look for an email from for more information. 

​To register for Disney's The Lion King JR, please click the button below. 

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