PEORIA — Behind the visual artistry, choreography and costume design of the Disney's Lion King musical, currently showing at the Peoria Civic Center, there is a crew of creative professionals that keep the show running day in and out.
Puppet masters repair and rebuild the multitude of animal characters in the show. Wardrobe supervisors make sure their crews wash, repair and then, later, help performers in and out of the many costume changes throughout a performance.
Cast members make sure they sustain their bodies and voices during an aggressive touring schedule across North America by working out in gyms, doing yoga, and maintaining their vocal chords.Swing performers study and master multiple roles so that they can switch in with almost no notice.
The sum is a traveling company for a production that has been seen by more than 95 million people and the winner of six Tony Awards during the Broadway run of the show.