Michael Curry went straight to the big time. While still in his 20s, the Oregon-raised puppet designer landed a six-figure gig building pieces for magicians Siegfried & Roy. He would go on to create puppets—often intricate, kinetic contraptions, huge in both scale and budget—for Cirque du Soleil, Broadway’s The Lion King, and Olympic ceremonies, even after moving back to Oregon. But those high-profile assignments have a downside, says Curry, now 59: “I tend to get on an airplane to go to work, and I hate that.” Not this time. Curry, who employs a 50-member team at a 75,000-square-foot facility in Scappoose, is collaborating with the Oregon Symphony on a new production of Stravinsky’s Persephone, which deploys elaborate props, puppets, and masks to tell the tale of a goddess kidnapped and taken to the Underworld.

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