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.