The cast of about 50 performers includes an orchestra, choir, dancers, celebrity narrator and a pivotal character, the village shaman known as the “sangoma.” “It is with his sort of mystical power that we have this experience of the scenes coming to life,” Jackson-Randolph said. Tickets to Harambe Nights sell for $119 ($79 for age 3-9). An http://awildrideorlando.tumblr.com/ admission ticket to Animal Kingdom is not required; the park will already be closed for the evening. The 55-minute “Concert in the Wild” show is separate from the Animal Kingdom’s popular “Festival of the Lion King” production, which returns from hiatus in June. Both will be seen in the park’s new Harambe Theater. The sets will be transformed after the day shows are complete, Jackson-Randolph said. At night, “guests come in to what feels like an African savanna. They’re looking at Pride Rock and in this tradition of the story circle, they become a part of the retelling of Simba’s story,” she said. A celebrity narrator will tell the story of Simba, the cub who would be king, each Saturday, beginning with actress Viola Davis on June 7.
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