SDP is thrilled to be working with Cade Forbes 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 grew up loving the movie, but my first true experience with the Lion King story was when I saw the national touring production at the Orpheum when I was 14 years old. This was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my entire life. I remember sitting there in the balcony and thinking of how much energy each performer was putting forth into making sure the entire cast told the story together. Watching all of the characters parade through the aisles filled me with joy! They all left such a huge impact on my life and furthered my love of the art of theatre. From the first glimmer of the sun as it rose over Pride Rock, I knew that I wanted to do theatre for the rest of my life!
Q: Why do you think people relate to Lion King?
A: People relate to Lion King, because the story is so real and can easily be related to humans. Humans face many of the challenges that the characters of this story go through. Such challenges are: deaths in a family, running away from your problems, not feeling that you belong, and wanting to give up. In the story, Simba faces all of these problems as he goes through life. He eventually overcomes them like many humans do. Humans, just as Simba eventually realized, always have to remember to trust the process, and to keep going no matter what life throws at you.
Q: What has the story of Lion King taught you?
A: The story of Lion King can teach one many valuable lessons about life. One thing that this powerful story has taught me is to NEVER give up! Also, that no matter how down you are, you can always pick yourself back up with the help of your family and friends. Furthermore, no matter how far you stray, you can always come back to your Pride Rock and all of your herd will be there waiting on you!