Auditions for THE LION KING, Jr.

Posted By on March 4, 2017


Brundage Park Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming performances of THE LION KING, JR. All auditions will be at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ. All Auditioners ages 7-16 should be prepared to sign and read from sides, provide a headshot and resume if available. Photos will be taken at the audition for those performers without headshots. All auditioners must be available for rehearsals during tech week, and for all performance dates.

Audition Dates: Friday, April 14 from 7-9 pm and Saturday, April 15th at 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Performance Dates: July 7, 14, 21 at 8:00 pm and July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2:00pm



Directed by Mark Carovale

Music and Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice

Additional Music and Lyrics by Will Van Dyke, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor

You’ll have ‘no worries for the rest of your day’ when our young performers bring The Lion King, Jr. to Brundage Park Playhouse in July 2017. Enjoy the heartwarming tale of Simba, the young lion who must face his deepest fears to avenge the murder of his father, Mufasa, and return to Pride Rock to claim his rightful place in ‘The Circle of Life’.

Rafiki: A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show, so cast a confident performer with a strong singing voice. Gender: Female Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Mufasa: The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. Cast a mature actor who can convincingly portray the king. Gender: Male Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Sarabi: A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen. Gender: Female

Zazu: The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu’s lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and the role can be played by a boy or girl. Gender: Both

Scar: The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s dark side while handling Scar’s sarcastic sense of humor. As his solos can be spoken, opt for an actor over a singer. Gender: Male Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Simba: The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role. Gender: Male Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Simba: Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar, so cast a more mature actor. Be sure that the change in actors is clear: Try having Young Simba hand-off a costume piece, such as a medallion, to older Simba. Also be sure that Simba and Young Simba share a movement vocabulary. Gender: Male Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Lionesses: The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,” “The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.” These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging. Depending on the complexity of your choreography, particularly for “The Lioness Hunt,” strong dancers may be desirable as well. Gender: Female

Young Nala: A courageous lioness and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. While Young Nala does sing a little, look for a strong female performer who can portray this confident cub. Gender: Female Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Nala: Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar, so cast a more mature actress to play the character beginning in Scene 10, As with older Simba and Young Simba, ensure that this switch in actors performing a single role is clear. Direct the actors to share a mask or costume piece that distinctly represents Nala, as well as a movement vocabulary. Gender: Female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarafina: A featured lioness and Nala’s mother. She has one short, spoken line, so consider giving this part to an actor who is putting in a lot of effort and hard work in rehearsal as a lioness. Gender: Female

Shenzi: One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala. Gender: Female

Banzai: A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Look for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness. Banzai is always featured with Shenzi and Ed. Gender: Male

Ed: The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed should be played by an actor who can laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words. This role can be played by a boy or girl. Gender: Both

Hyenas: Scar’s army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in “Be Prepared.” Cast actors who are able to sing the background parts of that song while playing the loud and raucous characters. Your hyenas can double as animals of the Pridelands or lionesses. Gender: Both

Timon: An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. This part can be played by a boy or a girl. Gender: Both Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: B3

Pumbaa: A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. Cast a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor. Gender: Both Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Ensemble: The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures you choose to include. This group can have as few or as many performers as your production permits. Be sure to cast many strong singers. There are also several moments to showcase individual dancers in “The Lioness Hunt” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”


For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092

Upcoming Production: THE KING AND I

Posted By on January 1, 2017


Directed by Ray Gelpke
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon, Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Performance Dates:

  • April 21, 28 May 5 at 8:00pm
  • April 22, 23, 29, 30 and May 6, 7 at 2:00 pm

In this beloved musical from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the newly widowed Anna Leonowens travels to Bangkok with her son Louis to become the schoolteacher in the employ of the King of Siam in 1860. Although the king wishes to be seen as a modern king, the ensuing conflict of wills yields tragic consequences that neither Anna nor the king foresee.


Brundage Park Playhouse has moved to an online ticket purchasing system. Tickets can be purchased online at Randolph Community Pass.    All seats are general admission and there is no assigned seating.   Each patron must have a ticket.  Children sitting on parents laps must have a ticket and no babes in arms.

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092


Summer 2017 – Advanced Performer’s Workshop

Posted By on December 10, 2016

Advanced Performer’s Workshop 2017 at Brundage Park Playhouse!

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Brundage Park Playhouse proudly announces its 36th season of summer performing arts education with the return of our “Advanced Camp”. The Advanced Performers Workshop, or APW, is a more intensive alternative to our regular Summer Stages program.   The three-week session will culminate with a two-show performance weekend, not only for family and friends, but the general public as well!  APW is only open to students who are already 12 years of age or who will be entering 7th –11th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.   Admission is by audition/interview only.  *Students who have attended APW previously, need not audition.

What to Expect at BPP’s Advanced Performers Workshop:

This camp will take place at the Community Center on Calais Road, next to the Randolph Library.  Much like our regular Summer Stages program, APW students will spend part of their time with us in rehearsal for whatever show they are currently working on, and part of their time in workshops on various aspects of theater arts.  Due to the more intensive nature of this program, admission is determined by an interview with a staff member, as well as a voice and movement audition.


Please call the theater at (973) 989-7092 or e-mail to set up an audition appointment. This audition is part of the learning experience we’re hoping to create for your child. Your child will initially be auditioning for admission to the program.  All students will be expected to prepare a song and should be prepared to learn a simple dance combination and cold read from “sides” that will be supplied at the audition.  Auditions for specific roles in the camp production will be held during the first week of camp.  There is a 20-student limit to the session.


What theatrical performance experience would be complete without an audience?  At the end of the session we present two performances.  Tentatively, performances will be held at 5:30 pm on Friday and  11 a.m. on Saturday morning at Brundage Park Playhouse on Carrell Road.


The session will run on the following dates from 9:00AM-3:00PM at the Community Center on Calais Road:
This is a which goes from July 17 through August 4.  Performances are held on August 4 and 5.
Campers must be available all three weeks.

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and talented individuals who have studied the arts and whose skill sets qualify them to provide our students with a comprehensive learning experience.  Their impressive resumes include all aspects of performance, with particular emphasis on dance, acting and music.  As a result of our staff’s efforts, many of our students have gone on to perform in professional arenas.


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Summer 2017 – Summer Stages

Posted By on December 1, 2016


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Brundage Park Playhouse proudly announces its 36th season of Summer Stages, a workshop for young performers ages 8–14. All students must have completed 2nd grade or higher during the 2016/2017 school year. Our qualified staff will instruct students in acting, music, and dance. Students will also gain performance experience through participation in a different production each session. We offer four two-week sessions. Each session can accommodate a maximum of 2 groups, with approximately 20 students in each group. This camp takes place at Brundage Park on Carrell Road. Students entering 7th grade or above in the 2017/2018 school year are eligible for our Advanced Performers Workshop as well. However, students must audition for that camp. Please call us at (973) 989-7092 for more information.

What to Expect During Sessions at BPP’s Summer Stages

At the beginning of each session, students will be divided into groups where they will learn a song and simple movement, which will then be used to “audition” for the directors. After auditions, each student will then be assigned a role and placed in a cast. Students will participate in acting, music, and dance workshops during one part of the day with the other half of the day dedicated to rehearsals for the show. Friday mornings of performance days, dress rehearsals will take place using costumes and props. Each group will have the opportunity to rehearse on the BPP stage.


What theatrical performance experience would be complete without an audience? At the end of each two-week session we present a production for an audience of parents, relatives and friends.   Performances will be held in the theatre each session’s final Friday afternoon at 1:00* or 2:00*, depending on the particular group’s assigned time. Admission is free for these performances.
* Times may be adjusted depending on needs.

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and talented individuals who have studied the arts and whose skill sets qualify them to provide our students with a comprehensive learning experience. Their impressive resumes include all aspects of performance, with particular emphasis on dance, acting and music. As a result of our staff’s efforts, many of our students have gone on to perform in professional arenas.


Sessions will run on the following dates:

Session 1:           June 26– July 7 (no class 7/4)

Session 2:            July 10 – July 21

Session 3:            July 24 –August 4

Session 4:            August 7– August 18

Please try to schedule any personal appointments after camp time.

We cannot guarantee that friends will be in the same group. Request must be submitted upon registration with email to No requests after 6/21.


Daily Arrival & Daily Departure Procedures

Students should be dropped off at the theatre at 9:00 am. The theater is located in Brundage Park, on Carrell Road in Randolph. The program will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. Students must be picked up promptly at 3:00. Wait outside of the theater lobby until the theater doors are opened. Proceed through the theater doors and out through the right hand exit in front of the stage. For safety reasons, we must insist on this one-way traffic pattern. On performance date Fridays, students will leave following their performance. Please park your car in the park parking lot and do not block the entrance into or out of the park. This is a safety concern.


Students are asked to bring a lunch in an insulated lunch bag. Lunch will not be refrigerated. Soda and candy are available for $1.50 each. Chewing gum is not permitted.


Comfortable playwear and sneakers are recommended. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted. Please leave all valuables at home. Toys and electronics are not permitted.



Drop off 8:30 am
Pick up 5:30 pm
$60 each two week session per child

Camp Fees

$400 per two-week session if registration and payment are received before April 10, 2017 and $425 thereafter (You must add Extended Day Program fee to Camp Fee if you need it.) There is a $25 discount for any additional sessions in which you enroll your child after the initial registration. Must be the same child.

Refund Policy

NO refunds will be given. No substitutions of students may be made. 

Online Registration

**All registrations are accepted on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis and class size is STRICTLY LIMITED**

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