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And just how excited were you when you found out you got the part for the show? K: I auditioned in November and didn’t get the call till January, so I literally thought I hadn’t got it; almost forgot about it, because you audition for these things and if you don’t get it, you never hear from them. So I just thought I hadn’t got it. But then I got this phone call from Richard the general manager at Lion King – I was so confused yet so amazed and happy that I had actually got it. Aaron: It was great, a really good feeling.


In the show there is so much movement, music and dance choreography throughout. Does it ever get tiring having to put on the same show every day? How do you handle the pressure? K: I think because it’s theatre it’s always very different, because there’s always the element of one night you’re fine, and another night you may get caught in a bit of costume... so you’re always on your toes. You have to be ready for anything and that keeps it fresh and interesting. A: I feel like we’re always retelling the story, and because we’re swingers we’re always on stage with different characters so you sort of build connections with each cast member you’re on stage with. It never feels the same.


What is a typical day like for you? K: Well, like today we have two


shows – we start off at quarter past one, everyone gets on stage and our musical director does a warm-up with us for 15 minutes, followed by a note session, where they give us notes like ‘make sure you keep it fresh’, ‘make sure you’re on your numbers’ – that sort of thing. Then we’ll go get ready, make-up on, and then warm up until the first show starts at half past two. Then we break and then start again at seven in the evening for the next show.


What do you think it is about The Lion King that people love so much and seem to enjoy more than a lot of other theatre shows? A: I think with The Lion King it’s a family show, it has a lot of morals that you can take away from the show, a lot of things you can relate to as an adult and a child. The way the story has been told, where the animal is human so you can connect with this person and maybe refer to things that are happening in your own life. I feel as though it takes you on a great journey where you can connect to something whilst still detaching yourself from reality for that moment. It’s just a great story and it’s constantly moving; the show incorporates so much singing, dancing, acting, just so much to see that you are never bored.


For any readers who may want to follow in your footsteps, what are your tips for success? A: If you really want something, put 100 per cent into it, never worry


about being silly, don’t worry about being wrong – if it’s wrong, be wrong; don’t focus on that, be motivated. K: And also, I know it may sound cliché, but never give up. Because when you want something badly you just keep going; every day you get up and you brush yourself off and you start again, and you just keep going, because the great thing about it is the reward in the end is absolutely amazing. There is nothing like getting that job or going on stage every night. You just have to keep on going.


What is your ultimate goal, any plans next? K: Well, my mum said something really interesting to me: she said, ‘You’ve achieved a lot of your dreams. You’ve always said you wanted to do musicals and you’ve done that, and now you have to find your next dream.’ So I’m kind of in the process of dreaming up my next big thing, whatever that is, but I know it will be within this.


‘Find your next dream’ – wise mum... K: Yes, very. A: I think once you’re on the path of doing what you love doing, you immediately get doors opening for you every day, so just enjoy the moment, and whatever else comes next, happens.


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