Announcing the cast of JTF19: MTH: Pirates Past Noon!

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Junior Theatre Festival 2019 Cast List

 

First Mate- Vera Brown

Jack- Nick Butler

Annie- Averie Howell

Captain Bones- Oakley Weddle

Pinky- Caroline Morath

Blinky- Cade Forbes

Slinky- Lily Anderson

Stinky- Steve Williams

Jonah- Olivia Kaiser

Polly/Morgan- Xea Goolsby

Pirate Ensemble

Brooke Story, Morgen Story, Rocky Turnage, Josie Chavers, Camille Smith, Lizzy Fowlkes, Henry Hartman, Molly Gallagher, Able Murphy, Fallon Drzyzga, Iris Baldridge, Celia Dupuy, Brokke Scott, Jasmine James, Elizabeth Dell’Orco, ShaKya Avant, Emma Bell, Kendall McLane, Kelsey Moultrie, Payton Jenkins, John Schuessler, Noah Brooks, Ivi Wicks, Micaela Decremer

Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Oakley Weddle!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Oakley Weddle in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I first watched the Lion King with my mom in the movie theater when they re-released it in IMAX. I was amazed by the music and emotions and beautiful scenes of love, family and life. It has always been my mom's favorite animated movie and broadway musical my brothers and I were exposed to it fairly early in our childhoods. I eventually saw the broadway show at The Orpheum a few years ago and I fell in love with the innovative costumes and lush set and energetic ensemble of performers. It has always been a dream of mine to be in the show and I'm so happy to be experiencing it with this incredible company. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think they relate to it because of the heartfelt message of the story. The words "They Live In You" and "He Lives In You" are so meaningful. It reminds people that our ancestors and our loved ones will always be apart of us. No matter the pain of loss, The Lion King always reminds us that "They're watching over everything we see. In every creature, in every star, in your reflection, they live in you." 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: To always have pride in what you're doing. Be confident and precise in everything in your life. Never regret any decision you make and to live life to the fullest. It also helped me realize the beauty of connection. The lionesses in the show are so wonderful because even through the darkest of times they are still together and still believe in Nala and their family. The Lion King is an emotional rollercoaster full of happiness and sorrow. But that's just the circle of life. It moves us all. Come see The Lion King Jr.! 

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Evie Turley!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Evie Turley in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I was really young the first time I watched it and it made me so sad that the dad died that I didn't watch it again until very recently.  Now I really like it.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think people can relate to looking up to their parents and wanting to be powerful and kind like them.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: I learned that when someone is being terrible to people you love, even if you're scared of them that you still need stand up for what is right.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Caleb Thompson!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Caleb Thompson in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I saw the movie when I was 6 and I thought it was a great.  I liked the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King" because Simba is excited about growing up and being the boss. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think people relate to the Lion King because of the music. There are all types of music and there is a lot of emotion in the songs.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The Lion King taught me that it isn't right to use power for evil. You should only use power for good.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Sydnei Sutton!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Sydnei Sutton in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first experience was when the show came to Memphis. My mom took me to go see the show and me being 3 thought we were at church. I asked my mom "why are there animals in church" and she laughs about it still to this day. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: It's such a feel good show and it has a special meaning behind it. Believing in yourself and trusting yourself to create something great is really important. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: It has taught me to believe in myself no matter what. It has also taught me that I was put here for a reason and that I do have a purpose in life.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Dylan Stevenson!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Dylan Stevenson in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first experience with the Lion King Story was when I started going to Colonial Middle School. Our drama teacher wanted to do the Lion King Jr. with the CAPA drama students, so we put on the play and in the 6th grade I played Timon. Now I find myself in the Lion King again, it's exciting!

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I believe people relate to the Lion King because when people lose their loved ones they sometimes get off track from their goals, just like Simba. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The story of the Lion King has taught me that loss is inevitable, but I need not to lose my head in the recovery. 

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Camille Smith!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Camille Smith in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story? 

A: I first watched the movie with my aunt when I went to visit her one summer. I loved the story and a few years later I actually got to see it at the Orpheum, which was really exciting and an amazing experience. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: People can relate to The Lion King because it shows many important aspects of life. From the power of true love to the pain of losing a loved one, the story touches some of the most important emotions felt by human beings: grief and love. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: One of the most powerful lessons in The Lion King and one of the most popular songs, is The Circle of Life. This is an important lesson to me because it shows that we are all born and eventually we all die, but each of our lives has an impact on this planet. Whether it is small or large, we all have a meaning and purpose to the share in this world.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with John Schuessler!

SDP is thrilled to be working with John Schuessler in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: The first time I remember the Lion King story was when my grandmother gave me tickets to go see it on tour. I was about five and went with my aunt and cousin in South Carolina. It was amazing and I loved the sets and costumes.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: When you're a kid you think being a grown up will be real freedom. "When I'm a grown up I will be able to do whatever I want."  But it changes when you get just a little older and you begin to think that kids are the ones who have more freedom.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: Hakuna Matata! It's all gonna be cool.  Also it taught me to rely on friends in a time of need.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Raegan-Alexis Santucci!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Raegan-Alexis Santucci in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: Lion King was my favorite Disney movie when I was a little kid. I loved it so much that I made my grandmother watch it with me every night before I went to bed.  My favorite song from the sound track is Hakuna Matata. I love to perform that song and play all of the parts to make my family laugh.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think people relate to Lion King because all of the music is upbeat and happy and the movie is a great family movie to watch with everyone and who doesn't relate and enjoy a great movie with amazing music.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A:  Never trust my uncle!  

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Raven Richmond!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Raven Richmond in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first experience with the Lion King Story was when I was in kindergarten. I remember I was sitting with my mom and she was flipping through the channels, and I said mom turn it to Disney Channel. I remember being so excited seeing all the dancing animals and bright colors, and attempting to sing along to the beautiful songs. The best part about watching the Lion King was screaming at the top of the little lungs Rafiki's opening verses of "Circle of Life" while hanging off the sides of the stairs in my house for about a good week. Did I get in a lot of trouble, "YES!" but it was extremely worth it. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: Most people relate to Lion King because it has so many lessons that can actually be applied to real life. Most importantly, I think people relate to Lion King because it has the story line of honoring your family and your family's name. Everyone wants to make their family proud by any means necessary like Simba has to do and that relates to everyone because no one wants to let their family down. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The story of Lion King has taught me not to dwell on the past. All you can do is learn from your past. After Mufasa dies, Simba lives with guilt and regret, but he cannot change what happened and must move towards a better future for himself and his family. This is very important to me as I transition from high school to college in a few months because I have to take the mistakes and move forward into the next chapter of my life using those mistakes to make me a better person and help me to live my best life. 

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Ava Pence!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Ava Pence in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first Lion king experience was when I was little and first watched the movie. After seeing Broadway's "Wicked" I went on to research other Broadway shows including Lion King. I continue to watch video clips online and listen to the soundtrack.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I believe that Lion King is relatable because people can connect with the fact that there are many different people in this world. They can be represented by the variety of animals in this production. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The Lion King story has taught me that no matter who you are you have a roar and that no one really leaves you for good. :) 

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Nathan Oliphant!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Nathan Oliphant in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I remember the movie Lion King 1 1/2 the best. My siblings and I would sing the songs over and over. I liked seeing the story from Timon and Pumba's perspective.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: Because there are so many different animals like people are all different and because it follows Simba through his whole life.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: To love singing and dancing because it has so many great songs.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Charly Nanney!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Charly Nanney in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: It was when I was three years old, I think that I first watched it.  I didn't understand what was going .on but the art-work and the music kept me focused. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: Maybe because the issue of facing your problems is a pretty common one. And it is one of the Lion King's main themes.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: I think that it has a pretty good message about how to solve problems.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Kelsey Moultrie!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Kelsey Moultrie in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first experience with the Lion King was whenever I was really little, and probably right before I went to Disney and saw The Lion King show. I have seen the movie many many times, and I also went to see Lion King at the Orpheum the last time it was in town, 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think that people relate to the Lion King in many ways, but I think we can all most identify with Simba. We all tend to run from our problems and just assume they’ll go away, but really they just haunt us until we decide to face them. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: I have most benefited off of the lesson that Rafiki taught us in The Lion King. “The past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it, or learn from it.” This has taught me that even though I have made mistakes in the past, I can learn from my mistakes. My past self does not have to define who I will be in the future. I also learned to be true to who I am, and that forgiveness goes a long way.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Alex Dupuy!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Alex Dupuy in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I was at Germantown Community Theater camp.  We did the Lion King and I played Young Simba.  I had never seen the movie. Before our first show they showed us the movie.  I LOVED the movie immediately.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: The music is fun and catchy.  It is a very entertaining story.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: You cannot run away from bad things that have happened.  You have to face them.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Joshua Morgan!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Joshua Morgan in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: Watching the Disney movie when I was a little kid.

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: Because it teaches valuable lessons about facing fears and fighting for those you love.

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: It has taught me about the power of family.

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Caroline Morath!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Caroline Morath in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: My first experience with Lion King was watching the movie at my grandparent’s house and on road trips with my brother and sister. I also remember watching The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2, which are lesser known but still amazing! The franchise was a big part of my childhood. 

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think that everyone can relate to the Lion King because everyone is always so focused on the past. Lion King teaches us that in order to move forward in our lives, we must forgive ourselves and each other. We must learn from our past mistakes, but then let them go. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The story of the Lion King has taught me about the connection between all things, living and nonliving. Everything on this Earth is connected, and our actions will circle back and affect the world around us. When we realize this connection, we have new respect for our world and are able to have a greater appreciation for everything, from a blade of grass to the sun in the sky. 

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Lion King Jr. Cast Interview with Lauren Moerbe!

SDP is thrilled to be working with Lauren Moerbe in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!

Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?

A: I watched the show as a little child but I didn't have the best memory of it. So I decided to watch the movie before auditions for this play. I wasn't very fond of the show before I watched it a second time. Now it is one of my favorite Disney movies!

Q:  Why do you think people relate to Lion King?

A: I think that the Lion King story shows diversity and unity. I think the story shows that there are different animals in the animal kingdom, much like there are people in the world. The movie and musical also shows unity between the animals, giving a theme to the story of unity and that we as people should come together. 

Q:  What has the story of Lion King taught you?

A: The Lion King story has taught me that life goes on and passes to the next generation. The story has also taught me that the truth will always prevail.  An example from the story is when, Mufasa is killed by Scar and everyone thought Simba killed Mufasa. Scar had a chance to be King, but he ruined his chance and had to be punished for his actions. 

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