So. Fla. students meet Broadway's War Horse - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

So. Fla. students meet Broadway's War Horse

Posted: Updated:

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Trotting around the corner of the Adrienne Arsht Center and Biscayne Boulevard is Joey, the life-sized horse puppet and the star in the Broadway hit War Horse could fool a less discerning eye.

About two dozen elementary school students met Joey during a workshop hosted by the Arsht Center, Tuesday morning. The puppet nuzzled their necks as they got an understanding of how this horse worked. "Everything you're seeing is all mechanical," said a spokesperson presenting the horse to the children. "There's no machines doing this, no electronics."

Joey is one of several horse puppets in the Tony Award-winning play. It's a heartwarming tale of loyalty and friendship. The play is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center as part of its Broadway in Miami season.

Students also met the workhorses inside this puppet horse.

Brian Robert Burns who controls Joey's heart said, "The body of the horse is 70 pounds. It's made of chain and aluminum primarily, and when we take a rider, that's an extra 170 pounds on top of that, so between the three of us."

Lucas Gonzalez, a student at South Miami K-8 Center, said, "I think that they put a lot of work into it, and it looks really awesome."

Another student, Camilla Carrasco, said, "It looks like the horse is doing it all, and they're just doing nothing."

Executive Vice President at Adrienne Arsht Center, Scott Schiller, said, "To see these life-size puppets is really important. It engages, it inspires, and it's a great way to spark interest in young people."

There are no special effects, animatronics or robotics, just good old-fashioned puppetry. Jessica Krueger, who controls Joey's hind, said, "It took us about two weeks to get going with the puppets, and then we brought humans in, and then we started to learn the show within the puppets. It's really an ever-evolving process. It's something that we're always trying to tweek and improve upon."

You can see War Horse through March 4 through the 9, at Adrienne Arsht Center.


  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Hercules

    Hercules

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:20:40 GMT
    You know what they say about a man that has a big foot and long hair? Yeah, that they would make a really good Hercules. And while Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock has big feet, well he needed a little help in the hair department. Tonight The Rock is talking about how he became Hercules; everything from his feet, hair and to that fabulous body.
    You know what they say about a man that has a big foot and long hair? Yeah, that they would make a really good Hercules. And while Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock has big feet, well he needed a little help in the hair department. Tonight The Rock is talking about how he became Hercules; everything from his feet, hair and to that fabulous body.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue - Toying with the Audience

    Planes: Fire & Rescue - Toying with the Audience

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:19:35 GMT
    Dane CookDane Cook
    Being a hero isn't easy. Just ask the cast of "Planes: Fire and Rescue." We did. Check it out.
    Being a hero isn't easy. Just ask the cast of "Planes: Fire and Rescue." We did. Check it out.
  • Keith Lorren

    Keith Lorren

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:53:29 GMT
    Combine a game show, a SoFlo chef and a race against the clock and what do you get? A good meal and a good show. There's a local chef who winning over Deco and he get's a chance to win over a national audience soon.
    Combine a game show, a SoFlo chef and a race against the clock and what do you get? A good meal and a good show. There's a local chef who winning over Deco and he get's a chance to win over a national audience soon.

  • NationalMore>>

  • GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

    GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:04:39 GMT
    After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to...
    After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to take...
  • American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

    American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-07-22 08:53:32 GMT
    By JULIE WATSON Associated Press The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.
    By JULIE WATSON Associated Press The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.
  • Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:41 AM EDT2014-07-22 08:41:47 GMT
    For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.
    For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.
  • National SportsMore>>

  • Ward scheduled for court on assault charge

    Ward scheduled for court on assault charge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-07-22 08:13:30 GMT
    Broncos safety T.J. Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.
    Broncos safety T.J. Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.
  • Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify

    Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:32 AM EDT2014-07-22 07:32:30 GMT
    Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires going on in probate court over the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires going on in probate court over the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

    Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:41 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:41:23 GMT
    The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is...
    The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to...
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.