How to access Disney Theatrical’s Lion King-inspired education program at home

The Lion King Experience
Rafiki on stage

Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” in ‘The Lion King’ (Photo by Deen van Meer).

Looking for more ways to entertain and educate your kids during lockdown?

Well, “Hakuna Matata.” Disney Theatrical Productions has your back with virtual access to its unique holistic arts education program, The Lion King Experience.

And it’s completely free. Can you feel the love tonight?

The web-based, multi-media curriculum provides students and educators an immersive introduction to theatre-making through the lens of the Broadway production The Lion King. Originally designed to be used in a classroom as an enhancement for schools producing KIDS and JR. adaptations of The Lion King, students can now follow the step-by-step instructions and complete the experience from the comfort of their homes.

The curriculum’s intention is to develop a wide range of theatrical skills, from playwriting and directing to technical aspects of theatre design. It offers an 11-session course for students aged 8-11 and an 18-session course for students aged 12-15 through video instruction and written materials.

First launched in 2015, The Lion King Experience was developed over the course of three years by Disney Theatrical’s education team as an accessible way for teachers to share theatre education with students.

The program grants accredited elementary and middle schools the opportunity to produce condensed, age-appropriate KIDS and JR. adaptations of The Lion King, which together with the curriculum, comprises The Lion King Experience.

The at-home learning instructions are available on The Lion King Experience website, and all sessions will be unlocked for students and teachers during this time.

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