Simba and all his friends are roaring into life as the Livingston Parish Public Schools Talented Arts Program presents Disney’s “The Lion King JR.” for three days of performances at Suma Hall Community Center.

The hourlong musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. The cast and crew include about 60 students led by Melani Glascock, theater; Sherry Martin, visual arts; and Tim Richardson, music.

Directors for the show are Doyle High School senior Chase Crane, and Springfield High School senior Shelby Chandler. DHS senior Molly LaVergne and DHS junior Taylor Wilkinson served as musical directors.

“Theater, visual arts and music students have combined their talents to bring this performance to Livingston Parish audiences. As a theater teacher, I strive to help my students learn all aspects of theater. This includes technical and crew work, as well as acting. The actors in this performance are first grade to high school freshmen with technical staff positions provided by high school students. ‘The Lion King JR.’ has been a wonderful experience for all of us,” said Glascock.

Performances at the Suma Hall Community Center, 28975 S. Satsuma Road, Livingston, are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Saturday. General admission is $5 for children and students and $10 for adults.