Last night I had the opportunity to see The Lion King at The Dr. Phillips Center. As we entered the theater we were greeted with an extraordinary African print on the front curtain. Being a musician I immediately noticed the large complement of African drums elevated on the left and the right of the stage. The show opened with Rafiki’s articulate singing to the beating of the drums and comical antics. You were transported to Africa with sound as the animals came down the aisles through the audience. It did not take much imagination to envision the characters as animals. The costuming was good and the use of puppetry amazing.
The Lion King At The Dr. Phillips Center Orlando
As The Lion King progressed I was not disappointed in the singing and the storytelling of each of the characters. The costuming fit each character with a simple headdress mask for the lions to the elaborate puppetry of Zazu, the jackals, Timon and Pumba. The performers were masters at manipulating their puppets and making you believe they were the actual animals. From the tallest giraffe walking on stilts to the smallest shadow puppet of mice in Scar’s den, you were transported to a different world. The scenery was minimal but efficient in emulating the grassy plains to the scary elephant graveyard and the jungle beyond.
All in all The Lion King did not disappoint. It was colorful, the performers were masters and the music was magical. I recommend it highly for all ages. Buy your tickets now for The Lion King at The Dr. Phillips Center website but hurry, they’re almost completely sold out!
By Annette Allport
*Thank you to Dr. Phillips Center for the tickets in exchange for review.