Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto

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Early Monday morning a select group of journalists and Mirvish subscribers were given an exclusive sneak peek at ‘Joey’, the seven foot tall star of the Tony Award-winning production of War Horse that will have its Canadian Premiere in February of 2012.

The event took place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and BWW was on hand to bring you pictures of Joey and his creators. Joey was brought to life by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, who together founded and run the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa. The two creators joined David Mirvish to introduce Joey to Toronto and speak to the crowd about the production.

War Horse is based on the First World War novel by Michael Morpurgo and follows a young man’s quest to find his beloved horse, which has been sold to the cavalry. Already a hit on London’s West End and in New York City, Toronto audiences are in for a real treat when the show premieres next winter.

Joey is an extraordinary sight, as the horse is so incredibly life-like one could easily forget that it is a puppet. The body is controlled by two puppeteers on the inside while a third controls the movements of Joey’s head. The horse looks, acts and sounds life-like – and it is magical to see on stage. In fact, Joey is so life-like he can even be ridden, as demonstrated by local journalist J. Kelly Nestruck who hopped on stage and had his first horse riding experience.

All in all the event was a smashing success, with everyone in the room embracing the puppets (and especially Joey) whole-heartedly. David Mirvish smiled as he recounted a story about how it was Mirvish subscribers who alerted him to the show in the first place: "I want to thank you the public, and the subscribers, for keeping your eyes open for us." This sentiment set the tone of the event, as it seems fitting that one of the few Canadian cast sit-down productions Toronto has seen in awhile came to fruition by virtue of Toronto's avid theatre-goers.  Don’t miss out on your chance to see this amazing show when it roars into The Princess of Wales this February.

When and Where?

War Horse

Begins February 10th, 2012 at The Princess of Wales Theatre

Single tickets go on public sale on September 26, 2011 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 416-872-2222 or online at www.mirvish.com

WAR HORSE tickets are currently available through subscription. Six-show packages are priced at only $249 - $519

For more information or to purchase a Subscription call 416-593-4225 or 1-800-771-3933 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

All Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

 

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
War Horse

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
War Horse

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Scene from War Horse Presentation

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
One of the puppets

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Adrian Kohler with one of the puppets

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey Enters!

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
The 'star' of War Horse - Joey

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey with Adrian Kohler

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey with his Creators and Handlers

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey with his Creators and Handlers

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Joey

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Journalist J Kelly Nestruck has his first horseback riding experience on Joey

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler with David, Tommy and Ian (three of the puppeteers behind Joey)

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto
Final Bows

Photo Coverage: First Look at War Horse in Toronto

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig www.rachealmccaigphotography.com