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Behind the scenes with ‘The Lion King’

Dan Speicher
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Puppet master Michael Reilly, shows off Zazu during a media event for “The Lion King,” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Spencer Plachy, who performs Scar, talks about some of the technical aspects of how the puppet moves, including using multiple batteries to control the head and neck, during a media event for “The Lion King” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Hyena puppets are seen during a media event for “The Lion King” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Head carpenter Lindsey Roller, demonstrates the remote controlled pride rock, during a media event for “The Lion King,” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Puppet master Michael Reilly touches up a lioness mask during a media event for “The Lion King,” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Nia Holloway, who plays Nala, sits in her dressing room during a media event for “The Lion King” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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Spencer Plachy, who performs Scar, talks about some of the technical aspects of how the puppet moves, including using multiple batteries to control the head and neck, during a media event for “The Lion King” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

“The Lion King” made its’ debut at the Benedum Center on Wednesday night.

On Friday, the Trib got to go behind the scenes of the hit musical to speak with actress Nia Holloway who plays Nala, along with puppet master Michael Reilly, and actor Spencer Plachy, who performs as Scar.

The musical continues until Sept. 29, 2019.Seats are still available, although limited, for several performances during the show’s remaining stay in Pittsburgh.

Dan Speicher is a Tribune-Review photographer. You can contact Dan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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