The Lion King has been on the Broadway stage for over 15 years, but what may be surprising is that one of the previous young stars now lives right here in South Jersey.
Now a 16-year-old student at Cedar Creek High School, Malcolm-Ali Davis is sharing his journey of becoming king with his fellow classmates.
"It was a lot of rehearsing," said child star, Malcolm-Ali Davis "I rehearsed for a month and a half before I actually did my first show, and from there it was just improving on what you were doing and getting comfortable with the role."
His part in the musical ties directly with the English class curriculum on multi-cultural drama. This is why Steve Ferguson wanted his students to learn directly from a Broadway star.
"It's a great experience for my students to be able to learn from somebody in the building about what happens when you follow your dreams and you work hard for something," said English teacher, Steve Ferguson.
Six years after leaving the show Davis is still following his dreams - everything from acting in commercials, performing music, and venturing onto the big screen.
"I shot a small part as a cadet in a movie called "After Earth" coming out in the next few months with Will Smith, his son, and I think Lenny Kravitz is in it too."
But no matter what life has in store for Davis, he hopes his experiences teach his friends not just about Broadway but about pursuing your dreams.
The English class at Cedar Creek High School is headed to see The Lion King on Wednesday as part of their lesson on multi-cultural drama.