The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for

The Lion King Jr.


Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now the area’s most talented young performers bring it to life on the Grand stage.  

PERFORMANCES: August 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm and August 17 & 18 @ 2:00pm


Director: Michelle Blanchard
Choreographer: Renee Dunn
Music Director: Linda Niemann

Auditions are open by appointment to children currently in 2nd-8th grades. 


Sunday, May 19th 2:00pm

Monday, May 20th 4:30pm


Wednesday, May 22nd 5:00pm


For audition appointments please email or call (563)588-4356 Mon-Fri between 9:00 AM-4:00PM. If emailing for an appointment for yourself or your child please specify the date on which you would prefer to audition.  Include the full name of the student and current grade level. 


Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the Locust Street entrance.  When you enter take the stairs on the right to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 


Those auditioning will be asked to sing 1 verse of a song of their choice.  All songs will be sung A Capella (no accompanist will be provided).  Auditionees will learn a brief dance routine during auditions and may be asked to participate in a short acting exercise.  Those auditioning should wear proper footwear to be able to dance in: sandals and flip-flops are not recommended. Those Auditionees asked to attend Callbacks will receive a portion of the script to read from and may be asked to sing a selection from the score.  


Available roles (most roles will be double cast):

Rafiki Mufasa
Sarabi Zazu
Scar Sarafina
Young Simba Simba
Young Nala Nala
Timon Pumba
Shenzi Banzai
Ed Lionesses

Ensemble: Rams, Wildebeests, Jungle, Elephant, Gazelles, Birds, Grass, Hyena, Star, Zebra, Bird, Field Mouse, Rhino, Buzzard, Giraffe, Drums, Additional Animals, and some Vocal and Dance Solos.


Actors unable to attend auditions should contact


Tentative Rehearsal Schedule (subject to change):                                            


Exact rehearsal schedule will vary for individuals dependent on roles.                             

6:00PM-8:30PM            Monday-Thursday, July 1st-August 9th 
2:00PM-5:00PM            Sundays July 7th – August 4th 
1:00PM-5:00pm            Sunday August 11th  
6:00PM-9:30PM            Monday-Thursday, August 12th-15th                                           


Performances (Call times TBD):
7:30PM Friday, August 16th 
2:00PM Saturday, August 17th  
7:30PM Saturday, August 17th 
2:00PM Sunday, August 18th


Those auditioning should prepare a list of conflicts for the above dates.  Attendance August 12th - 15th and for all performances is mandatory.


The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.


There are no fees or tuition to take part in the production and participation will be limited to 50 students. Cell Phones and Game systems will not be allowed in rehearsals this year, they may be kept with personal items in the common area – but will not be allowed in the room we are rehearsing in. Videotaping of rehearsals or performances is prohibited by copyright law.  For questions or additional information please contact the Grand Business office at (563) 588-4356 or