The stars of the show are puppets, made of leather, cane and aluminum struts. It is the puppeteers who bring Joey, the War Horse, and the other assorted horses, birds and farm animals to life. A head puppeteer stands outside each horse and two other puppeteers inside the body. The movements are incredibly life-like, and it takes no time at all for one to become emotionally attached to the horses.
How was Jacksonville fortunate enough to be chosen for this show? Well, it seems that Michael Morpurgo, author of the novel “War Horse” requested the show come to Jacksonville so his 90 year-old cousin, Betty Bergmark, could see the production. “War Horse” is also being performed in London and Berlin, the capitals of the countries who fought each other in World War I.
The journeys of Joey, the horse, and Albert, his young owner who joins the army to search for him, are not always easy to watch. But ultimately, the ending is happy and the show is breath-taking. I loved this show!
Information and tickets are available by phone (904) 442-2929 or online at the Artist Series website.