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The Lion King Comes to Austin

Updated: Friday, January 18 2013, 10:52 PM CST
The Lion King is on stage at Bass Concert Hall on January 16 – February 10.  Even though the Disney film came out almost 20 years ago, this performance is very different, but keeps the heart of the story.

KEYE TV sat down with Nick Cordileone, who plays Timon, the wisecracking meerkat, in the play.  Timon, who along with his warthog buddy, Pumbaa, helps bring the no worries theme, Hakuna Matata, come to life, even though he is the tough guy who is in constant danger of being eaten.  This alone is the whole spirit of the play.  Cordileone prepared for the role by approaching the scenes from strictly an acting standpoint.  Then he concentrated on the puppet work in other sessions in front of mirrors and gradually integrated the two.  “I think of Timon as a mix of George Constanza, Bruno Kirby, Joe Pesci, and Ziggy from “The Wire”, he says.

Cordileone says it takes about 5 weeks of puppet, scene, and music work to prepare for opening night.  He adds, “The first few weeks were challenging just from a stamina standpoint.  Getting my forearams and legs (and coordination) used to the rigor of manipulating a full-sized 15 to 20 pound puppet was equal parts fun and taxing.  Then, as you continue, it becomes less conscious and honing and fine tuning becomes an exciting craft.”

This performance is not to be missed!  You will be amazed on the stage value and how the animals come to life through the people wearing costumes, especially the giraffes.  And Timon and Pumbaa are just two of them that makes it a phenomenal time.

Bass Concert Hall
January 16 – February 10
Weekdays at 8pm except Mondays, Saturday 2 & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

For tickets, call 471-4454 or click here: Lion King Comes to Austin

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