Right from the dramatic Zulu opening chant of Nants' Ingonyama followed by the spectacular parade of life-sized animals, including a massive elephant and leaping antelopes, traipsing past my aisle seat to the stage singing Circle of Life, I was mesmerised by The Lion King last weekend at Sydney's Capitol Theatre. It was such a breath-taking and awe-inspiring production, a perfect present from my husband to celebrate my birthday.
1. Be brave but don't be stupid.
Young Simba: "I was just trying to be brave like you"
Mufasa: "Simba, I am only brave when I have to be. Being brave does not mean you go looking for trouble"
2. Know your limitations & there's more to being in charge than just getting your way.
Young Simba: "Everything the light touches ..... But what about that shadowy place?"
Mufasa: "That's beyond our borders. You must never go there, Simba".
Young Simba: "But I thought a king can do whatever he wants".
Mufasa: "There's more to being a king than getting your way all the time".
3. You are never alone. A parent's influence lasts forever.
Mufusa: "Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from the stars. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I"
4. Show respect to everyone.
Mufasa: "You see Simba, everything exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope"
Young Simba: "But Dad, don't we eat the antelope?"
Mufasa: "Yes Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great circle of life"
5. There is a natural order to the world that you can't change.
There is a natural cycle of birth, death and rebirth. There is a Circle of Life.
6. Learn from your past mistakes and grow from them.Rafiki: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it".
Like Simba, every prodigal son/troubled teen needs to pass certain trials and tests that hurtle them to the bottom before they are allowed to come back up on top.
7. Relax, be happy and accept you can't control everything.
Timon & Pumbaa: "Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase! Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze! It means no worries for the rest of your days. It's our problem-free philosophy".
8.Accept you responsibilities.
Mufasa's Ghost: "You have forgotton who you are, and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life".
Rafiki: "It is time".
9. Love will triumph over evil.
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" has to be one of the greatest love songs of all time!
|Photo credit for all photos: The Lion King|
The Lion King's run in Sydney finished on 31 August 2014. The production now moves to Brisbane's Lyric Theatre, QPAC, in September 2014. It then moves to Melbourne's Regent Theatre in February 2015. I highly recommend seeing this spectacular show and take your kids, including your teenagers. For more information see http://www.lionking.com.au .
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