Five things I learned about working hard (from the Lion King)

Remember that show I was in?

I recently posted about a show I was in. It was a post about hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Anyway, that wasn’t the only life lesson I learned during the process. This post is written about five things I learned about working hard from the Lion King. I am very excited to share these five with you.

Number 1: Working hard is not easy.

Putting on a show requires hard work. Hard work is, you guessed it, hard. Sorry, but working hard is not all that easy.

In the very first scene there is a song. It is called “The Circle of Life” and I had to sing it. The song opened the show; it was made to be the attention getter. The first line of this song was an african chant that was to be sung very loudly. The chant meant that there was a birth of a new king, and had to alert every animal. Even with a mic, I had to sing these words powerfully or the song would not have been as amazing as it was.

Singing that loudly was hard but worth it.

Number 2: Working hard takes practice.

Working hard isn’t a gene. It is not with you at birth; it is acquired. And it is acquired over time with practice.

When in practices we would work on a scene over and over; we would practice one cast, and then the other cast. When I was not Rafiki, I was not in many scenes. I thought after my cast’s turn I could slack off. But that was not the case. Our wonderful director and choreographer were always making changes, so I had to listen and watch Cast 1, even though it was not my cast.

The working hard gene is not real. It takes practice to work hard.

Number 3: Hard work requires you to be flexible.

Sometimes the music came on too early. In one scene the set piece was in the wrong place, therefore the dance was much harder. In one scene I sang too early. In the other performance I came on really late! There were so many mistakes! But hey, the audience didn’t know that all those were mistakes.

Guess what our amazing cast members did? They rolled with it. When the music came on early, they came on with it! When the set piece was in the wrong place, our “lionesses” danced around it! When I sang too early, I held out my note. When I realized it was too late, I found my part and sang what was left to sing. We had to be flexible with all the mistakes that were made. That was hard work, and that hard work worked pretty well.

Number 4: Working hard makes great results!

We worked hard for months. It was not easy. It took practice. We rolled with our mistakes and we learned from them. We made time and worked hard in that time.

But It payed off!

We had four great performances. Everyone clapped and cheered and took pictures with their friends! The audience laughed at our jokes. They clapped for every scene! Strangers took pictures with their favorite characters. Some people came twice or thrice or even four times! We worked really hard and the result was amazing!

Number 5: Working hard makes you happy!

I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are happy with what we did. Every person worked extra, super duper hard! I am proud of what we did. We all are all proud of ourselves. Our director, choreographer, costume team, set team, backstage crew, student director, raffle team and everyone else worked hard.

I told you I learned a lot.

I learned a bunch of stuff about this whole “Working Hard” thing from this production. Just to recap, I learned and shared with you:

  • Working hard is hard, not easy
  • Working hard takes time and practice
  • Working hard requires flexibility
  • Working hard makes great results
  • Working hard makes you happy

-Emily Lema

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