Disney's The Lion King

CMT Junior Talents

Show Dates: August 11 – 15, 2017

Audition registration opens: May 2

For the first time on the Montgomery stage, CMT Rising Stars Junior Talents will perform Disney’s The Lion King Experience. Join treasured characters Mufasa, Scar, Timone and Pumba and all the rest, as they journey from Pride Rock to the deep jungle and back again. Be inspired by Simba’s quest for truth, as he overcomes obstacles to become the king he was always meant to be. The famous score from the popular film, featuring songs you know and love, will have you dancing in your seat! Hakuna matata!


General Ticket On-Sale Date: June 23 at 10 a.m.

Dates are subject to change.

Artistic Team

Leandra SaenzLeandra Saenz, Artistic Team

Leandra is excited to be back working for CMT after choreographing Alice in Wonderland last year. She has been teaching dance (jazz, tap, acrobatics and musical theater) and choreographing for over 20 years at bay area dance studios and elementary schools. Having directed and/or choreographed such shows as Honk, The Wizard of Oz and Seussical she is thrilled about the opportunity to work with the junior talents on a new show for CMT. Her actual degree from Santa Clara University is in Biology. She has studied dance with many respected bay area dance teachers as well as completing the American Musical Theater of San Jose’s Artists Institute program. Favorite past performing credits include bay area productions of Annie(Hannigan), Gypsy (Electra), Dames at Sea (Ruby), Anything Goes (Bonnie), Cabaret (kit kat girl) and most recently being a a part of the Marquee productions of Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid and Billy Elliot


Sharon CooperSharon Kimont, Artistic Team

Sharon began her association with CMTSJ back when the boy she was dating invited her to a watch a rehearsal he had to go to in a drafty old warehouse. She was soon won over by the fun, friends and great shows. She has performed as a Mainstage and Marquee performer, and has choreographed for both Rising Stars and Mainstage shows. Previous collaborations at CMT include Tommy, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Side Show, Big, Footloose, and Lil’ Abner. She spent some time away from CMT to focus on work and family, but was excited to bring her girls, Riley and Ainsley, back to audition as soon as they were old enough! This summer the entire Kimont family, including that boy she was dating so many years ago, will be working on a CMT production!



Kasayla JonesKasayla Jones, Vocal & Musical Director

Kasayla Jones is a lifelong CMT performer and started her journey here with studio classes. Since then she has performed in a number of shows and recently started her venture as teacher as a vocal instructor at Camp CMT. She is very excited to help the performers begin their artistic endeavors here at CMT as it has helped shaped her as the artist she is today!






Show Schedule

Friday, August 11: 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 12: 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 13: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
Monday, August 14: 7 p.m.
Tuesday August 15: 7 p.m.

School Shows

(for field trips and school groups)
Friday, August 11 • 10 a.m.

Auditions: May 30 & 31  • 4 p.m. • CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION INFO
Callbacks: June 1 & 2
Super Callbacks: June 3
Cast List Posted: June 5
Family Meeting: June 6
Age of Cast: 6 - 9