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Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST

× 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. The great 13th century epic takes place in a magical world filled with sorcery and enchantment. 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. Both parents and children can participate in the show. 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.

This play was developed as a staged workshop performance at the McCarter Theatre Center, as part of the 2010 McCarter Lab. It was then introduced at the Kennedy Center during New Visions, New Voices.

This show is appropriate for K-6 children.

Admission: Adults $25; Children (Under 18) $20 all patrons attending the show are required to have a ticket.

A Family 4 Pack is available at a 20% discount.This discount is only available by visiting the Box Office in person or by the phone. (973-720-2371). This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. All 4 tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Additional discounts may be available by calling the Box Office. There is a $4 per order fee for all sales not made in person at the Box Office from 10 am - 2 pm Monday and Friday; 10 am - 5 pm Tuesday and Thursday; 11 am - 6 pm Wednesday. There is a $5 per order fee for mailed or printed tickets. E-Tickets/Print at Home tickets are included in the purchase price. Discounts, except for the Family Pack and groups, are limited to a maximum of 2 tickets. All additional tickets will be at the full public price. All programs, artists, dates, policies, prices and times subject to change. Valid government photo ID required for all transactions. Lobby opens 60 minutes prior to event. Late Seating is at the discretion of the management. Late Seating is not available for all events.

No Refunds or Exchanges. All Sales Are Final.

Please remember to advise our box office of wheelchair or other special needs prior to purchasing your tickets so that we may better assist you.


Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University - Shea Center
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne NJ 07470

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