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'War Horse' gallops into Jacksonville FL very soon

Are you mature enough to recall the Beaton Marionettes from the Bell Telephone production of years ago? Well, War Horse is a live stage presentation on a grander scale.

Joey and Topthorn Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
/ The Artist Series

Some interesting facts about Joey & Figures:

  • Joey weighs 120lbs and is handmade by 14 people. Its frame is mostly cane, soaked, bent and stained.
  • An aluminum frame along the spine, lined partly with leather for comfort, allows the horse to be ridden.
  • Stretched, hosiery-like Georgette fabric makes up the “skin” beneath the frame.
  • A puppeteer at the head controls the ears and head; one in the heart controls breathing and front legs; a third in the hind controls the tail and back legs.
  • A harness connects the puppet’s and puppeteer’s spines so his or her movements become the breathing of the horse.
  • The tail and ears are moveable instead of the lips or eyelids, because that’s how horses usually express themselves.
  • Two levers connected with bicycle brake cables control the leather ears.
  • The puppet, just under 10ft long and about 8ft tall, has about 20 major joints. Vertical levers curl the knees and lift the hooves.
  • The neck is made of carbon fiber glass for flexibility.
  • The eyes are black color behind clear resin so light refracts through them.
  • The right hind lever moves the tail up and down; the left hind lever, left to right; moved together, it spirals.
  • The hair in the mane and tail is made of Tyvek, a plastic-like paper.

Winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play, “War Horse” comes to the Times-Union Center from February 18 – 23, 2014! Take a look HERE for further information.

War Horse
Tickets start at just $32.00, so don’t forget to order yours today!

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