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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Critics write it's "vivid," "powerful," "emotional." The play about a boy and his horse has captured the hearts of theater-goers across the globe.
It's now galloping its way to a place that knows all about horses. "War Horse" will be in the Derby City at the Kentucky Center come November.
"I just think it's going to be interesting to see how they do the horse in the show," Shelia Lynch said.
That is what makes this show stand out. One of the lead roles, Joey the horse, isn't played by one actor. Instead, three.
"This horse doesn't speak English, it doesn't sing songs, it doesn't skate on ice. This is a real horse on stage and we really tried to create that," Production spokesman, Rob Laqui said.
Jude Sandy is responsible for the head of the horse. Isaac Woofter takes on the heart and majority of the weight. Lute Bruer is in control of the caboose, tail, and back legs. Each actor contributes to every detail that makes a huge puppet seem like a real thoroughbred. That requires a lot of teamwork and homework.
"They study horse behavior, horse sound, horse movement," Laqui explained.
"Well we rehearsed for eight weeks, and started the process for two weeks. We were just working the very rudimentary actions of a horse," Sandy told WDRB.
Each "horse-ism" from its neigh to the twitch of an ear has been mastered by the hands and voices of the acting crew. Some lucky season ticket holders got a sneak peak on Wednesday at the star of the show.
"I just couldn't wait, I've been excited all day," Lynch said.
It's that same excitement about an industry-changing production that promises to have people from across Kentuckiana trotting downtown to see it..