Sunday, January 22, 2012
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see the Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. First of all, if you have a chance to see it, go see it! I think you’ll enjoy it! Even if you aren’t a big fan of all things Disney, this isn’t just another Disney movie. It’s so much better than that!
The opening scene is a showcase of puppets and headpieces, portraying a wide variety of animals from the African desert and jungle. Giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, jaguars, lions, a dodo bird, an elephant and other animals sang and danced to the music. The actor controlling the jaguar puppet moved as if an extension of the puppet, and he focused completely on the puppet. Each puppeteer controlling each of the animal puppets, or wearing headpieces, completely focused on their characters.
The set and lighting had many interesting concepts. The musical used background lighting to backlight small stick puppets behind screens or cloths in a creative and interesting way. Also, several pieces of the set, including the elephant graveyard, the cliff the lions climbed, etc. all moved as the characters moved on the set pieces, creating a sense of a journey. The set and lighting was so detailed, it’s difficult to describe!
This production also did an amazing job of incorporating the African culture through music and dance.
So many details in this production, and it was very well done!
For more information about the Lion King, check out the website.
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