All connected in the circle of life

Disney’s The Lion King Jr is the first one-of-a-kind musical production of this scale by Ormiston Junior College. Photo: Bonnie Talamaivao

For those of you who would like to see the African savanna come to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle, Disney’s The Lion King Jr will burst to life at the Ormiston Junior College auditorium, Manawatere, from August 7-10.

Staff and students are excited about sharing this ‘circle of life’ with the wider community.

The creative team from OJC have assembled a cast of more than 40 performers who will deliver this much-loved family show.

In addition to the cast, more than 50 other students and staff have pooled together their talents in a range of backstage areas that involves art design, costumes, props, hair, make-up, sound, lighting, crew, promotional and other tasks required to bring a major stage production to life.

Having opened its doors as a new school to the local area in 2017. this is the first one-of-a-kind musical production of this scale by OJC.

Deputy principal Ryan Timoka-Benjamin who has produced and directed the musical says: “Come and see history be made for our school and see for yourself how we are all connected in the great circle of life. It’s by your local community, at its best!”


  1. I can’t wait. OJC is the bestest school and I am so pleased that I enrolled my son there! Now bring on the 7th of August xo

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