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Sunjata Kamalenya:
the Story of the True
Lion King of Africa

Artistic illustration adaptation of Lion King character.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Price: $20 - $25

Shea Center for Performing Arts

300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470

William Paterson University

Event Description

Sunjata Kamalenya (translated: Sunjata for Youth) is a new completely interactive production by Experiential Theater Company which celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first mansa (king) of the ancient Empire of Mali. 

Based on the story of the Lion King, this production chronicles the struggles of a boy destined to be the leader of the Mande' people of West Africa. 

Traditional music, costumes, and scenery whisk you away to 13th century Mali where the jelimuso (storyteller) guides your journey as you sing, dance, and act alongside professional actors and musicians. 

Audiences gain a unique experience that celebrates the spirit of determination and the love of family in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Both parents and children can participate in the show.

No Refunds or Exchanges. All Sales Are Final.

Additional Information

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Valid government photo ID required for all transactions.

All programs, artists, dates, policies, prices and times are subject to change.

Please remember to advise the box office of wheelchair or other special needs prior to purchasing your tickets so that you are properly assisted.

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