Given its host of both touring and resident productions, you may be wondering how the producers of Disney's The Lion King maintain consistency so that folks always get the Lion King they expect.

Given its host of both touring and resident productions, you may be wondering how the producers of Disney's The Lion King maintain consistency so that folks always get the Lion King they expect.

Paul Stancato is glad you wondered. It's his job.

Stancato is resident director for the tour that has set up shop in the Ohio Theatre for shows starting this weekend. For the past two-and-a-half years, he's traveled with the production, assuring consistency and high standards.

"I'm basically charged with maintaining the artistic vision of (original Broadway director) Julie Taymor," Stancato told The Beat. "She's a genius, and it's an honor to be a part of this."

Working a touring production means managing those standards through, among other things, cast changes and the variables in the different venues. Stancato said that, because of the show's popularity and high profile, audiences have certain expectations.

"It's my job to constantly motivate, inspire and delegate to the actors," he said. "It's an amazing experience."

Bringing in new cast members, Stancato said, can be especially rewarding.

"New actors bring their own personality to a role, so instead of making a carbon-copy, I try to let them be a little more creative and marry the original framework and what the actor brings," he explained.

As for motivating his cast and crew?

"One night at intermission I overheard a girl tell her parents 'This is the best thing ever! And it's only Act I,'" he recalled. "This show has an effect on people, and it's an honor for us to be a part of that."

"Every single night there's a little boy or girl experiencing the show for the first time - their first Broadway experience," Stancato tells his charges. "We always want to give them a memorable and magical experience."

For more from The Beat's interview with The Lion King resident director Paul Stancato, read the BeatBlog.