29 May 2010
I have been awfully neglectful with my posts. First, I'll post about a show we saw called War Horse. The story is supposed to be kind of narrated through a horse, Joey. It's about Joey and a boy named Albert, who raises Joey, and when they both go to war in WWI. The play was rather good, with really good music that consisted of traditional English tunes. It wasn't a musical per se, but there was a tenor with a beautiful voice who sang all the songs and played the accordion. Delightful. But the most amazing part was the horse puppets they created. They were incredible. They had three actors controlling each horse: the rear, the head, and the "heart". (In the picture above, the "head" actor is on the right, and Albert is on the left.) The coordination of these actors was nothing short of inspiring. They were so good at becoming the horse that after about the first fifteen minutes, I forgot that they were even there.The movements of the horses were so realistic. There were independent controls for the ears and the horses even made breathing motions. Lexy grew up as a FFA, and even she agreed that they really did the homework studying the horses movements.