On The Stage: Carmelina as Rafiki from The Lion King

Carmelina becomes Rafiki

New Mexico Living’s own Carmelina Hart joined the ‘Circle of Life’ by being transformed into Rafiki by Valerie Anderson.

Carmelina also learned the opening song from Buy Zama who plays Rafiki in the national tour of The Lion King.

Valerie, a local make-up artist who worked with show when it visited her home town of Kansas City started traveling with the Lion King working as a full-time artist in 2008.

While Carmelina sat in the make-up chair, Buy joined in on the conversation. She has been part of the show for fourteen years and taught Carmelina her opening line. Although she was a great teacher, when Carmelina couldn’t get past the first line, Buy came to the conclusion, “My job is safe.”

The Lion King runs through October 30, 2016, at Popejoy Hall.

Brought to you by:New Mexico Living; Sponsored by: Popejoy Presents

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