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Steven Spielberg’s award-winning ‘War Horse’ races to Smith Center

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Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, feeds a sugar cube to Joey, the puppet horse from “War Horse,” during a donors reception at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. “War Horse” is at The Smith Center from Oct. 2-6.

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Director Steven Spielberg brought the children’s novel “War Horse” to life with his 2011 movie, and now for the first time, a touring, nonmusical stage production opens at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts tonight.

“War Horse,” with its magical, larger-than-life horse puppets, premiered in London in 2007 before its Broadway run. It’s truly a heartwarming story, almost a fairytale, of a young soldier, his beloved horse and their journey from farm to battlefield.

Audiences around the world have marveled at the “War Horse” puppets, each of which took a 20-member team to build over six months. Critics have marveled, saying that after a few moments under their spell, audiences think they are real.

Two puppeteers control the various moving parts of the horses from inside while a third actor maneuvers it from outside.

“War Horse” is at the Smith Center through Sunday.

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