The Lion King: Behind The Scenes At The Arsht Center

05/17/2012 05:53 pm 17:53:33 | Updated Jul 17, 2012

Disney's 'The Lion King' premieres Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement of 4 weeks through Sunday, June 10.

I had the pleasure of going back stage for what was a truly amazing and unique experience. We met Syndee Winters, a graduate of Palmetto High, who plays Nala; the energetic Jelani Remy, who plays Simba; and ensemble member Amyia Burrell, who told us she plays 11 roles with 14 costume changes.

On another floor of the Arsht Center, we met Puppet Master Michael Reilly who introduced us to Zazu and showed us how the Scar mask comes to life. And when we thought it was over Lion King Production Stage Manager Ken Davis took us on a tour behind the stage for a look at the costumes and puppets at rest.

Just walking around, seeing the elephants and rhinos hung high up in the wings with other animals including gazelles, zebras and hippos, felt magical.

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