Rafiki- a wise mandrill who acts as a healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, with an air of mystery. Has solos in "Circle of Life" and "He Lives In You" and leads the African chants throughout the show. Needs to be a confident performer with a strong singing voice.
Mufasa- Strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect on stage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba.
Sarabi- Mufasa's mate and Simba's mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen.
Zazu- Anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu's lyrics are spoken rather than sung so the role can be played by a boy or a girl.
Scar- Antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands. A strong performer who can bring out this villain's dark side while handling Scar's sarcastic sense of humor is needed.
Young Simba- Protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can't wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father's death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. Strong singer and dynamic performer needed.
Simba- Grows from a cub to a line in "Hakuna Matata." Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, and mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar.
Young Nala- A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. Strong actor and decent singer needed.
Nala- Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar. Still not afraid to speak her mind, but has matured with age.
Timon- An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. Can be played by a boy or girl.
Pumba- A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. The role can be played by a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.
Banzai- A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group of hyenas weren't so lazy. Need an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nasty and gruff.
Shenzi- One of Scar's hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. Needs to be able to laugh and be menacing.
Ed- The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed needs to be portrayed by someone able to communicate through physicality and facial expressions. Can be a boy or a girl.
Sarafina- A featured lioness and Nala's mother. Has one short speaking line.
Lionesses- The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and are featured in several songs. Requires strong singers and dancers.
Hyenas- Scar's army, helping to carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. May double as animals of the Pridelands or lionesses.
Ensemble- Plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeests. Singers and dancers are needed.