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Experience ‘The Lion King’ at Home

Apr 30, 2020

Disney Theatrical Productions is now offering a free, virtually accessible version of The Lion King Experience—a unique holistic arts education program providing students and educators with an immersive introduction to theater-making through the lens of the Broadway production of The Lion King.

The web-based, multimedia curriculum was originally designed to be facilitated in a classroom by an instructor as an enhancement for schools producing KIDS and JR. adaptations of The Lion King. But with new step-by-step instructions, students can explore the full experience at home.

First launched in 2015, The Lion King Experience was the first time any long-running hit musical released a specially created version for elementary and middle school students while the original show was still playing on Broadway. 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 Lion King Experience, typically licensed through Music Theatre International and a part of MTI’s Broadway Junior® collection of musicals, features an immersive curriculum designed to introduce students to a wide range of theatrical skills. Through the curriculum, students examine theatrical processes including playwriting, directing, designing, technical theater and more.

The Lion King Experience was developed over the course of three years by the Disney Theatrical Productions education team as an accessible way for teachers to share theater education with students.

The now-unlocked curriculum materials contain all the tools needed for The Lion King Experience’s experiential theater curriculum—an 11-session course for students ages 8 – 11 and an 18-session course for students ages 12 – 15—including video instruction, at-home learning instructions, student materials, and more.

For more information, visit The Lion King Experience. The at-home learning instructions are available on the homepage, and all sessions will be unlocked for students and teachers during this time. To download session video examples and additional assets for context, visit The Lion King Experience Reference Assets.

The Lion King Experience is one of many ways The Walt Disney Company is bringing the magic of Disney into homes. At #DisneyMagicMoments, students could also find more entertaining stories, videos, and activities from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic that inspire imagination and discovery.

Courtesy of Teach & Travel.