Design / Technical Theatre

A Look at the Masks and the Puppets in The Lion King

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It was this week 21 years ago, Oct. 15, 1997 to be precise, that The Lion King played its first preview and audiences first saw the beautiful and intricate costumes, masks and puppetry so central to the narrative and to the unique experience of the production. Adam Savage and the team at Tested went backstage at The Lion King during its run in San Francisco in this video visit to the musical’s puppet shop, where puppet supervisor Michael Reilly walked them through the numerous intricate and varied puppets and masks used in the performance and showed how they’re maintained in their traveling workshop.

The production and design credits for the show when it opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre were:

Scenic Design by Richard Hudson
Costume Design by Julie Taymor
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Mask Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Sound Design by Tony Meola
Hair Design by Michael Ward
Make-Up Design by Michael Ward
Projection Design by Geoff Puckett
Associate Scenic Design: Peter Eastman and Jonathan Fensom
Associate Costume Design: Mary Nemecek Peterson
Associate Lighting Design: Jeanne Koenig
Scenic Design Assistant: Atkin Pace
Assistant Costume Design: Tracy Dorman
Assistant Lighting Design: Martin Vreeland
Assistant Sound Design: Kai Harada
Automated Lighting Programmer: Aland Henderson
Technical Director: David Benken
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Lee
Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Elizabeth Burgess, Steve “Doc” Zorthian and Beverly Jenkins

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