Towering Puppets Take Stage
To create puppetry that soars to mythical heights, Disney Live Entertainment’s creative director of puppetry and articulation, Jeff Conover, teamed up with master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway. The massive, fiery Te Kā will be a puppet of a scale Disney Cruise Line has never before produced. When Moana meets Te Kā and restores the heart of Te Fiti, the giant Te Kā puppet will shed its fiery shell and become the gentle island goddess, Te Fiti herself.
Setting the Scene in “An Innocent Warrior”
“Disney, The Tale of Moana” will begin in the modern day on the fictional island of Motunui, in a set design filled with hints of brilliant cultures of the Pacific Islands that will appear throughout the show. The spirit of Gramma Tala, our narrator, will introduce her granddaughter. At the same time, through vibrant dance and songs in a mix of languages, including Tuvaluan, Tokelauan and Samoan, we will learn how the ocean chooses young Moana for an incredible journey to restore the heart of Te Fiti.
Transforming The Walt Disney Theatre in “How Far I’ll Go”
In this iconic scene, The Walt Disney Theatre will transform from the island of Motunui into the open ocean as Moana’s journey moves from her home to the great voyage that she’s longed for her entire life. Twinkling stars will swirl overhead, and a giant, glowing manta ray will emerge and soar above the audience as a newfound sense of courage fills Moana. The manta ray is the spirit of Gramma Tala, illuminating the way for Moana on her journey to save her people.
I personally can not wait to see this show. It is one of my favourite Disney films, and I love the song Shiny; “The Tale of Moana” will join the amazing lineup of fan-favourite shows, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Adventure” in the Walt Disney Theatre.
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