Lion King puppeteer reveals the magic behind the charactersUPDATED 10:37 PM HST Dec 15, 2013Video Transcript
grossing musical also has one of the largest cast and crew rosters. On tonight's mixed plate we meet the man who pulls the strings. "AN ELEPHANT GRAVEYAD IS NO PLACE FOR A PRINCE. AN ELEPHANT WHAT? OOPS.": It's called a double event, when actors have 2 faces to manipulate...their own, and a puppet head. ANYTIME IN THE SHOW HE CAN THROW THaT OUT THErE, FAST OR SLOW, GIVES HIM CHARACTER OPTIONS TO DO THE THINGS SCAR NEEDS TO DO." ...Which places double duty on the performer, who must be actor, singer, dancer and puppeteer at the same time. Many have several headpieces or physical extensions, moved by hidden controls in the hand. IS THE LION KING A PUPPET MASTER'S DREAM? IT IS A PUPPET MASTER'S DREAM. THERE'S ONLY ONE SHOW LIKE THIS IN THE HISTORY OF BROADWAY SO IT REALLY IN AN HONOR. Michael shows me how to pass as grass when mixed plate joins the cast of the National Touring Company, soon in Honolulu. That's mixed plate. Disney's The Lion King runs at the Blaisdell for 8 weeks starting January 14. Mixed Plate Return of the Lion airs Christmas Day on KITV4.