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Go behind the mask with 'The Lion King's' puppet master

9:45 PM, Apr. 26, 2013
Michael Reilly, puppet supervisor for 'The Lion King,'' gets in a little quality time with the masks of Scar, Nola and Simba in the puppet shop at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. He and two assistants are in charge of 230 puppets in the touring show.
Michael Reilly, puppet supervisor for 'The Lion King,'' gets in a little quality time with the masks of Scar, Nola and Simba in the puppet shop at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. He and two assistants are in charge of 230 puppets in the touring show.
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Calling Michael Reilly the master of puppets isn't merely for dramatic effect.

Not when it's your job to keep a herd of 230 animal puppets in working order for Disney's "The Lion King's'' month-long run at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. It's a jaw-dropping menagerie that includes lions, of course, but also hyenas, zebras, giraffes, elephants, birds, gazelles, meercats, warthogs and mice.

Anybody who has seen the majestic creatures - well, OK, maybe the hyenas not so much - come to life in the national touring production might argue the puppets and masks are the stars of the ...

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