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The Lion King and the Queen of Hyenas

The Lion King and the Queen of Hyenas

Score by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN, Hans ZIMMER, Elton JOHN
Ballet for children in 2 acts

Running time with an interval: 1 hour 40 min

Choreographer and author of the ballet libretto - Svetlana SOKOLOVA-YEVTIFYEVA
Set Designers - Eugene GURENKO, Honoured Painter of Ukraine, and Oleg GURENKO
Costume designers - Natalia GRIGORYEVA and Olga KOVALCHUK
Principal Choreographer of the Odessa Ballet - Yuri VASYUCHENKO, Honoured Arist of Russia

The Odessa Ballet School students and graduates (artistic director and the school manager is Oksana KNIZHNIK) as well as the Odessa Opera ballet artists take part in the performance


Producing Staff

The Odessa Ballet manager - Harry SEVOYAN, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
The Principal Choreographer Assistant - Maya MAMLEEVA
Ballet mistresses and ballet coaches of the Odessa Ballet School - Svetlana SOKOLOVA, Diana SLABYKH, Irina KOLESNIKOVA
Stage Manager - Natalia GRIGOR, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine
Sound Engineer - Tatiana MOLDAVANOVA
Technical Director - Victor YANCHUK
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav USHERENKO
Chief Stage-setter - Victor MELESHKO
Make-up artists - Elena VASILCHIK, Eugenia GALENKO

Artistic Director of the Odessa Opera - Vasyl NAVROTSKY, People’s Artist of Ukraine
Principal Conductor of the Odessa Opera - Aleksandru SAMOILĂ, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Principal Stage Director - Oksana TARANENKO
Principal Choreographer of the Odessa Ballet - Yuri VASYUCHENKO, Honoured Arist of Russia 


Prologue. The Kingdom of Lions

There is animation and joy in the jungle. All the animals heartily share the joy as their would-be king, a little lion called Simba, was born.

Suddenly, sly and hungry Hyenas attack helpless animals and birds at the midst of animation. Lions and Tigers chase them away.

Tigers invite everybody to join the Simba’s birthday party.

Scene One. Birthday party

Mufasa, Simba’s father, shows the new-born lion to the inhabitants of the kingdom: wild birds, parrots, lions, flowers and lianas. Everybody greets the happy family.
Simba starts dancing with other little lions. He meets little Nala.

At the end of the celebration Mufasa shows his kingdom to his son. The tired guests go to have some rest.

Scene Two. The Kingdom of Hyenas

Shansi, The Queen of the Hyenas and Panthers, wants to become the Queen of the Jungle. She and her subordinates make up a smart plan of Mafasa and Simba’s double murder.

In the meantime Simba, Nala, Zazu and their friends carelessly near the spring. All of the sudden the hyenas attack them. Simba and Nala get into the trap while all the others run away.

Mufasa hurries to save the kids. He chases the hyenas away but Shansi stabs the lion to death. When Simba understands that his father is dead he runs away.

The lions appear. They pay honors to the dead king and go to look for Simba. Simba blames himself in his father’s death. Being hungry and lonely he hides in the jungle. 


Scene Three. Thick of the Jungle

Sleeping Simba is noticed by two friends, Timon and Pumba who play nearby. They feed the little lion and try to cheer him up.

Time has passed. Simba has grown up and become a big lion but he does not remember that in reality he is the King of the Jungle.

One day a lioness attacks Pumba. Simba saves his friend. He recognized Nala in the beautiful lioness.

She tells Simba about sufferings of the Kingdom inhabitants who are now under Shansi’s rule. The lioness asks Simba to get his throne back. He refuses as he thinks that he is guilty in the death of his father. Insulted Nala runs away.

Simba stays alone. He appears to hear his father’s voice and remembers himself to be little and hungry. Our hero decides to take revenge on Shansi.

Scene Four. The Kingdom of Hyenas

Simba runs after Nala and tells her about his decision.

The hyenas take food from the kingdom inhabitants and they starve to death.

Timon and Pumba enter and distract Shansi. In the meantime Simba and Nala appear. The animals recognize their king. The battle starts. The hyenas and panthers are defeated. Shansi begs for mercy and Simba let her go.

Scene Five. The Kingdom of Lions

The big and little lions, parrots and other birds celebrate the victory over hyenas and Simba and Nala’s wedding.

Shansi and her subordinates come to them. The Queen of Hyenas asks to forgive them and let them live in the Kingdom of Lions. The animals agree but tell her not to violate the Jungle Law.

All misfortunes are over. The happy animals and plants are enjoying life. 

The Cast

MUFASA, Simba’s father, The King of the Jungle - Vasily INGER
MAGICIAN - Yuri MEDVEDEV (The Odessa Opera ballet artist)
SIMBA, the cub - Laima KOBUS, Alyona MALYUTA, Yulia SOLYANIK
NALA, the cub, Simba’s friend - Marina KOVALENKO, Eve HORTALUM
SIMBA, the adult - Dmitry VOSKRESENSKY
NALA, the adult - Yulia TEMCHENKO, Alina MIKHALCHUK
SHANSI, the Queen of Angry Hyenas and Panthers - Alina BELKINA, Diana KUCHERENKO
ZAZU, court parrot - Sofia POVSHEDNA, Alyona MALYUTA, Christina FEDOROVA, Anastasia DMITRIYEVA
TIMON, Simba’s frined - Christina FEDOROVA, Stephania PASHCHUK, Anastasia KOLESNIK
PUMBA, Simba’s friend - Anna KITENKO, Violetta KAMBUR

Little lions, adult lions, tigers, wild birds, parrots, zebras, hyenas and panthers, flowers and lianas are students and graduates of the Odessa Ballet School

The Cast of the Next Performance



March, 2018