Behind The Scenes Of War Horse

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

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Credit: Shea's Performing Arts Center

Behind The Scenes Of War Horse

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

 

 

 

 

The five time Tony Award winning Broadway musical War Horse gallops it's way to Shea's Performing Arts Center.

It's a story about a bond between a boy named Albert and his best friend, his horse named Joey.

Joey is sold to the Calvary by Albert's father during WWI and Albert embarks on an journey to bring Joey back home.

During the show, you almost forget the over 120 puppet aren't real.

Three puppeteers are responsible for bringing Joey the horse to life.

One in charge of controlling the ears and head, another the breathing movements and front legs and a third the tail and hind legs.

One of the most difficult things is not being able to speak on stage but working with two other people at once said puppeteer James Duncan.

The puppets are made of a cane material because of it's flexibility which is bent over an aluminum frame.

The horse must be able to withstand the weight of riders which can weigh up to 170 pounds.

War Horse runs at Shea's Performing Arts Center November 12th-17th.