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Inside look at ASU Gammage's War Horse

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

"War Horse" opens Tuesday night at Gammage on the ASU campus. The main character of the play is a giant puppet horse, operated by three different actors. We got a behind-the-scenes look at how it all works.

"It's so unique because of the puppetry," says Rob Laqui. "You are literally strapped together by this puppet so it's such a unique experience and helps us keep the show alive."

"Joey" is a sight to behold. He will be on full display at Gammage. Three men operate Joey. In the show he belongs to little Albert.

"It's about a boy and his horse. The boy Albert raises his horse and then the horse has to go out to war," says Derek Stratton, who plays "Joey" in War Horse.

"It deals with war, the visuals of war and the realities of war, but at heart it really is a children's story and how transcends the world around them," says Laqui, who also plays Joey.

Hometown guy Mike Heslin is excited to be back in Tempe to perform. Gammage is nothing new to him.

"To be in Tempe is super special. Saw my first show here. I got bit by the acting bug at Gammage so to be back on a Broadway show is just incredible," says Heslin.

"More than anything it's an anthem for peace and also it touches on his human heartstrings as well," says Stratton.

Joey -- the central character in a show about peace and war, and the love between a boy and his horse.

More info and to buy tickets: www.asugammage.com/shows/2012-13-broadway-season/war-horse

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