Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Disney's Lion King Jr. is the story of a young lion prince learning what it means to become king without letting life get him down. The show is adapted for the stage with a slightly shorter run time that makes it perfect for young audiences. By the time the show is over, the whole family will be in the "Hakuna Matata" mood. And that means no worries for the rest of your days – or for a night at least!
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A personal message from EPAC's Kids4Kids Family Series Director
On behalf of the entire production team of Disney's Lion King Jr., we would like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of our young performers who auditioned for this production. It took a lot of courage and great strength on your end for what could have been a stressful experience. We appreciate your time and talents. With over 180 hopefuls, we were amazed and excited to see so much talent in one room. Certainly, we would love to have cast everyone in this production; but unfortunately, as with all good things, it must have its limitation. I want to thank those who have continuously supported the growth of our Kids4Kids Family Series, now in its sixth season. We recognize the importance of providing a creative, nurturing, and explorative theatrical experience for our young performers. To those who have been cast in Disney's Lion King Jr., we congratulate you. We look forward to beginning this new adventure and being a vessel as you create your own stories.I want to shift my attention to those who really gave their all and overcame their fears, but unfortunately were unable to be cast this time around. We want you to know that we validate your talent, and we understand how difficult this may be right now. I personally ask that you do not get discouraged but look at this experience as an opportunity to grow and learn. Do not take it personally. I know first-hand how it feels to be in your shoes. Reflect on your audition. It’s okay to want feedback for future opportunities. Try again! Be persistent and resilient. Do not give up, and continue with confidence. If there is anything that you can take away from this experience, it is to enjoy the process, and know that you did your personal best. I applaud you and look forward to our paths crossing again.
Kids4Kids Junior Productions
Welcome to the Kids4Kids Family Series Junior Productions. Our junior productions cast on average about sixty to sixty-five youth from the ages of six to seventeen years old. Auditions are usually held in November with rehearsals running from December to February. Our Kids4Kids Junior productions have been compared to EPAC’s main stage productions. Here kids are exposed to intricate staging, vocal training, costumes, and elaborate lighting and set designs. Rehearsals are scheduled two nights a week with some weekend rehearsals. There are many opportunities for parents to be part of this experience by volunteering to assist in various capacities: ushering, concessions, costumes, parent ranger, cast party. Previous shows included Beauty and the Beast Jr, Annie Jr, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid Jr, and Aladdin Jr. We found that many of our young performers easily transition to main stage productions with confidence, with the fundamental tools to meet the expectation of being in a larger scale productions. We welcome those youth who would like to assist with the behind-the-scene mechanics, such as stage crew or spotlight operators. Whatever your strengths are, we will find a place for you.
Young Artist Cabaret Series
Our vastly popular Young Artist Cabaret Series has allowed our youth ages eight to seventeen to be part of an organic and less rigorous rehearsal process. Each performer is selected through auditions led by our Kids4Kids Series Director, Irving Gonzalez. Auditions are held in the fall. Various concepts and themes for the cabaret are developed in order to have songs specifically selected for each performer. Performers are not required to attend all rehearsals. Specific times and days will be scheduled; this is a one night event. Tickets can be purchased online or through the box office. Past cabaret themes have expanded from standard Broadway musicals to pop-rock and to our most recent cabaret entitled “At the Movies,” a revue of Hollywood classic films from stage to scene. Performers are exposed to singing in front of an audience and performing live with a three-piece band backing them up. A fun night for the entire family, this year's performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017.
EPAC's Got Talent
A new addition to the Kids4Kids Series, EPAC’s Got Talent is open to any youth under the age of eighteen to audition for this one-night event. It is celebration of local youth as they display their best and brightest talents on the EPAC stage! EPAC's Got Talent is reminiscent of a talent show, each act showcasing the skills of a different participant hailing from Lancaster or surrounding counties. An open call will be held sometime near April with a total of three rehearsals prior to the performance date. Performance is scheduled for May 20, 2017.
EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp
EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp returns for its twelfth year, giving campers entering grades 1-7 in the fall a chance to experience the theatrical process with a newly designed hands-on approach.
EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp is designed to inspire creativity, exercise the imagination, promote artistic confidence, and explore unique and exciting ways to tell enriching stories through the theater arts. Our professional staff will nurture individual talents in an environment rich with creative collaboration and team-building concepts. This program is designed to help the young creative mind both onstage and in the classroom environment.
Youth Programming Internships
As part of EPAC's commitment to promote education in the arts, our Kid4Kids Series will begin to offer internship opportunities to any student entering high school who are interested in furthering their knowledge in theater or pursuing a career in the arts. This rich and challenging experience will provide hands-on exposure in the day-to-day workings of local theater. Interns have a unique opportunity to refine their appreciation and practical skills with close interaction with the professional staff and performers. Our youth interns must demonstrate a level of maturity and discipline, working effectively in a highly collaborative environment as an example to our younger performers. Anyone interested in interning for our youth programming should contact our Kids4Kids Director Irving Gonzalez at email@example.com