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Finding Nemo - The Musical
This show opened mid November 2006 and we were lucky enough to go and see it during our visit in December.
The day we visited Animal Kingdom opened at 9. 00am and there were performances at 10am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 3pm. My daughter liked it so much we went to the first and last performance! As with all Disney shows the times can alter so best to either check on the Internet before you go or at the Park when you arrive.
This show is the first time Disney has taken a non-musical animated feature and turned it into an original musical production. It is staged in the newly enclosed Theatre in the Wild. This Theatre originally staged Tarzan and the stage, runway and seating are similar. I would recommend that if possible you sit in the middle further back for the best view.
The show is all puppetry, but you can still see the humans. The main characters such as Marlin, Nemo and Dory are played by live performers operating much larger-than-life puppets. They all wear bright costumes that match with their puppets. It really was a dazzling production that included puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops.
My Mother had not seen the original Finding Nemo but was soon immersed in the story of an overprotective clownfish father and his curious son.
Finding Nemo tells the story of a father clownfish, Marlin, and his son, Nemo each having to undertake a separate journey that ultimately teaches them how to love and understand each other. Nemo like many children is intent on exploring everything regardless of the risks and the two become separated.
Marlin will stop at nothing to get his son back, facing undersea challenges with his new friend Dory, who he has met along the way. Meanwhile, Nemo, scared, lonely and relocated to a fish tank in Sydney, makes new friends who teach him that he is stronger than he thinks. When news of his father’s heroic journey reaches the tank, Nemo is inspired to do whatever is necessary to escape the tank and see his father once more. The sharks in this show were great, very entertaining.
The music, the Big Blue World is fantastic and you will find it going around in your head for the rest of the day!
This is certainly a show for all ages even our teenager who is not impressed by very much thought it was good! Put this on your “must see” list the next time you visit Animal Kingdom.
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