BWW REVIEW: WAR HORSE Is a Simple Story Spectacularly Told
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Spofford in association with Handspring Puppet Company; sets, costumes and drawings by Rae Smith; puppet design, fabrication and direction by Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company; original lighting, Paule Constable; additional lighting and adaptation, Karen Spahn; director of movement and horse choreography, Toby Sedgwich; animation and projection design, 59 Productions; music, Adrian Sutton; songmaker, John Tams; sound, Christopher Shutt; additional sound and adaptation, John Owens; music director, Greg Pliska; fight director, Tom Schall; original co-direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris; US tour direction by Bijan Sheibani
Cast on opening night:
The Horses: Joey as a foal, Laurabeth Breya, Catherine Gowl, Nick LaMedica; Joey, Jon Riddleberger, Patrick Osteen, Jessica Krueger; Topthorn, Danny Yoerges, Brian Robert Burns, Gregory Manley; Coco, Derek Stratton, Rob Laqui; Heine, Grayson DeJesus, Jason Loughlin
The People: Song Man (instrumental), Nathan Koci; Song Man (vocal), John Milosich; Lieutenant James Nicholls, Doctor Schweyk, Paddy, Jason Loughlin; Arthur Narracott, Sergeant Thunder, Brian Keane; Billy Narracott, Ludwig, Michael Wyatt Cox; Albert Narracott, Andrew Veenstra; Ted Narracott, Colonel Strauss, Todd Cerveris; Chapman Carter, Corporal Klebb, Jason Manfred, Chad Jennings; Allan, Private Klausen, Michael Stewart Allen; Thomas Bone, Private Schabel, Sergeant Fine, Jason Alan Carvell; John Grieg, Derek Stratton; Rose Narracott, Angela Reed; Priest, Captain Friedrich Muller, Andrew May; Captain Charles Stewart, Grayson DeJesus; Private David Taylor, Alex Morf; Paulette, Megan Loomis; Emilie, Lavita Shaurice; Matron Callaghan, Catherine Gowl; Annie Gilbert, Laurabeth Breya; Veterinary Officer Martin, Matt Hostetler; Goose, Gregory Manley
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Jan Nargi is owner and creative director of JMN Publications, a marketing and public relations firm based in Boston, Mass. She provides consultation, communications, and writing services to clients in the health care, entertainment, financial, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, and sports industries. As a freelance writer, Jan has had hundreds of articles published in business and high-tech magazines. Theatrically, she has reviewed, written, directed, acted, produced, sung, danced, managed publicity, pounded nails, and designed lighting and sets. Jan has even acted in the occasional B-movie, playing a zombie, a psycho shrink, and a clueless news reporter. You may visit her on the web at www.jmnpublications.com. |
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