War Horse Puppeteers at GCAA

Theater students at the Grand Center Arts Academy got a rare opportunity, during the recent production of "War Horse" at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, to participate in a workshop and to view the production. Three members of the War Horse puppetry team worked with our theater students to create puppets by twisting simple sheets of brown paper into a few shapes (head, legs, arms) which were then attached by tape. Once the "bodies" were created the teachers relayed the fine points on how to make them spring to life. Students worked in teams with each team tasked to make their puppet perform a recognizable action. One team made theirs swim, another run, cook etc. This team created a wedding proposal scene. The secret, according to the masters, was to start with the act of breathing-if you can make that as real as possible, then other actions come more naturally. This group of workshop attendees also got free tickets to view the production thanks to the generous support of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. "It was an amazing show," says JuJu Vieth, a ninth grade student at GCAA."I loved the way they told the story and how they used used lights and music." A class of of GCAA sixth grade theater students, led by Eric Conners, were surprised to be invited to a press gathering in the lobby of the Fox where Joey, the horse, and main character in the story came charging in. The students asked a few questions and one was invited to feed Joey...