Speers Point puppeteer in King Kong

SPEERS Point-raised puppeteer Jacob Williams has been named in the cast for the new musical King Kong, but you won't see him on stage.

Williams and another puppeteer will sit in the audience and use a complex video control console to move the face, shoulders and torso of the one-tonne, six-metre-tall star of the show.

"Our role is to breathe life into the puppet, no matter how big or small," he said.

A total of 13 people will control the ape's movements, with 11 aerial circus performers on stage pulling ropes.

"It's an honour," Mr Williams said.

"It's certainly the biggest, most grand, most complex project I've worked on."

Rehearsals for the Global Creatures musical start this month at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, where the musical will open on June 15.

Now based in Melbourne, Mr Williams studied puppeteering at the Victorian College of the Arts.

It was there he met King Kong puppetry director Peter Wilson.

They worked together on the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Williams later controlled the movements of the Tyrannosaurus Rex as part of the original cast of Walking With Dinosaurs.

Mr Williams said daughter Ada, 5, and son Henry, 2, would probably be too scared to enjoy King Kong.

Mannering Park dancer Danni Hegarty has also been named in the cast.

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