CYT's Lion King Jr. at Hononegah Performing Arts Centre


The Lion King Jr. at Hononegah Performing Arts Centre

CYT Rockford is bringing a live theatrical production of The Lion King Jr. to Hononegah Performing Arts Centre Nov 16-19. Previous CYT shows, performed in Rockton's biggest theater, have included The Wizard of Oz, Annie Jr.Madagascar Jr.The Spongebob Musical, Willy Wonka Jr., and A Christmas Carol.

The musical tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba (Noah Ceniseros) as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala (Gabriella Negrete), charismatic meerkat Timon (Isaiah Stauffer), and loveable warthog Pumbaa (Lauren Tibbetts). To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar ( Solomon Rossman). 

The Lion King Jr. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

Most of the actors are veterans of multiple shows, many with years of training at CYT. For example, several previously appeared in Willy Wonka Jr.: Solomon Rossman as Charlie's Grandpa Joe, Noah Ceniseros as Charlie's father Mr. Bucket, Isaiah Stauffer as Augustus Gloop, Lauren Tibbetts as Grandma Georgina,  and Lydia Derry as Violet Beauregard. Mufasa is played by Auburn multi-sport athlete Caleb Rundblade.

Over the years, these young actors have certainly learned versatility.  Solomon Rossman, who plays the malevolent Scar here, had portrayed Charlie's friendly Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka Jr. when Gabriella Negrete had played Mrs. Bucket. Earlier, Negrete, who plays Simba's lively best friend here, had played the decidedly-not-lively Ghost of Bob Marley in A Christmas Carol.  

    Dates / Times:

    • Thursday, Nov 16th @ 9:30am
    • Thursday, Nov 16th @ 11:45am
    • Friday, Nov 17th @ 7:00pm
    • Saturday, Nov 18th @ 2:00pm
    • Saturday, Nov 18th @ 6:00pm
    • Sunday, Nov 19th @ 2:00pm

    Purchase tickets: $15 each

    Large group reservations are available


    • Simba: Noah Ceniseros
    • Nala: Gabriella Negrete
    • Rafiki: Sofia Lassandro
    • Scar: Solomon Rossman
    • Mufasa: Caleb Rundblade
    • Young Simba: Alex Wishall
    • Young Nala: Lydia Derry
    • Timon: Isaiah Stauffer
    • Pumbaa: Lauren Tibbetts
    • Zazu: Jackson Steiner


    • Sarabi: Lorelai Fishe
    • Sarafina: Anna Fager
    • Aleyah Bailey
    • Brielle Bailey
    • Courtney Fishe
    • Gabriella Negrete
    • Adelaide Noble
    • Talia Rossman
    • Isabelle Stauffer

    Grassland Ensemble

    • Olivia Flood
    • Ella Hill
    • Elise McLarty
    • Grace McLarty
    • Liviana Negrete
    • Gillian Nothnagel
    • Sophie Pauli
    • Kaitlynn Rundblade
    • Lucy Schneiderman


    • Banzai: Jordan Helgerson
    • Shenzi: Molly Matuska
    • Ed: Kathleen Derry
    • Malachi Ellis
    • Cruz Negrete
    • Genny Vanderheiden
    • Cole Wellen
    • Cole Young


    • Maybell Berkman
    • Emma Grace Butler
    • Amelia Holmstrom
    • Zoey Homola
    • Paige Kohlmeier
    • Luke Meyer
    • Makenah Schwanebeck
    • Katelyn Wise

    Pride Land Ensemble

    • Gazelle- Addie Butz
    • Gazelle-Ava Ellis
    • Gazelle-Luke Paddock
    • Giraffe-Austin Mulder
    • Giraffe-Cooper Wellen
    • Vulture/Buzzard-Ethan Helgerson
    • Vulture/Buzzard-Parker Brockett
    • Field Mouse/Grub- Luke Wishall
    • Austin Atlee
    • Kennedy Bell
    • Isabelle Butz
    • Quinn Brothers
    • Noah Ceniseros (Act 1 only)
    • Lucy Ellerbroek
    • Poppy Ellerbroek
    • April Gafney
    • Harper Hoskinson
    • Ava Johnston
    • Hailey Mayfield
    • Nautica Marchese
    • Morgan Milner
    • Ruby Milsaps
    • Caleb Rundblade (Act 2)
    • Demi Schuckman
    • Isaiah Stauffer (Act 1 only)
    • Lauren Tibbetts (Act 1 only)
    • Remy Thompson
    • Violet Thompson
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