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As 'Lion King' draws to a close, puppets remain king

4:52 PM, May 1, 2013
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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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