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Pavilion Spotlight: Warhorse gallops into town

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A powerful story, stirring music, and phenomenal puppetry make Warhorse a show you simply must see.

 

"We basically have the puppeteers count as someone might learning dance steps. 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. And, with each of those counts is the step of the horse," said Lake Simons the Assistant Movement and Puppetry Director.

These horses have every little life like mannerism mastered - breathing, galloping, snorting, and strong enough for men to ride. 

"Understanding what can horses do and how can we make that believable. How can we operate this puppet in a certain way - make the legs move and breathe? How can we find the head, the heart, and the hind in the puppet," said Simons.

"It's really a different product than a standard musical or play. The puppetry work is amazing. It's fun to connect to an animal on stage. You see the puppeteers but you don't realize they're there. They kind of go away in your mind," said Corey Krolikowski the former head carpenter of the Warhorse national tour.

At the heart of Warhorse is a script that's equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking.

"It involves very important aspects of family and how family sticks together. How community sticks together," said Simons. For me, in a very important way shares the history of the war and what those people went through."

 

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