Photo gallery: My day backstage at “War Horse”

By John Moore
Jan. 10, 2013

Here are some images from my day visiting the cast of the national touring production of “War Horse,” playing through Jan. 20 at the Buell Theatre. 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org

 

A cast member takes a moment to prepare and reflect moments before the audience is allowed into the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

A cast member takes a moment to prepare and reflect just before the audience is allowed into the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Local NBC anchor Kirk Montgomery interviews cast members Angela Reed and Mat Hostetler, who graduated from Colorado high schools. Photo by John Moore.

Local NBC anchor Kirk Montgomery interviews cast members Angela Reed and Mat Hostetler, both of whom graduated from Colorado high schools, in the lobby of the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Television cameras set up on stage for an appearance by the "War Horse," Joey. Photo by John Moore.

Television cameras set up on stage for an appearance by the “War Horse” himself, Joey. Photo by John Moore.

 

Douglas County native Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott, Albert's mother, has a moment with Joey. Photo by John Moore.

Douglas County native Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott, Albert’s mother, has a moment with Joey. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

 

Colorado cast members Mat Hostetler and Angela Reed are interviewed by Adam Goldstein of the Aurora Sentinel. Photo by John Moore.

Colorado cast members Mat Hostetler and Angela Reed are interviewed by Adam Goldstein of the Aurora Sentinel. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey's handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

Joey’s handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey's handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

Joey’s handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

 

The Buell Theatre's stage door. Photo by John Moore.

The Buell Theatre’s stage door. Photo by John Moore.

 

Angela Reed signs in for the evening performance. Photo by John Moore.

Angela Reed signs in for the evening performance. Photo by John Moore.

 

Mat Hostetler backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Mat Hostetler backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Every show that plays the Buell Theatre gets an honorary spot for cast autographs on the backstage walls. Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott in "War Horse," previously appeared in the touring production of "Spring Awakening." Photo by John Moore.

Every show that plays the Buell Theatre gets an honorary spot for cast autographs on the backstage walls. Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott in “War Horse,” previously appeared in the touring production of “Spring Awakening.” Photo by John Moore.

 

A crew of about eight costumers iron, steam, clean and repair costumes backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

A crew of about eight costumers iron, steam, clean and repair costumes backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Mat Hostetler, who plays Veterinary Officer Martin, among other roles, shows off his guns backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Mat Hostetler, who plays Veterinary Officer Martin, among other roles, shows off his guns backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Angela Reed backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Angela Reed backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

 

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

 

Veteran Richard Callan helps out the ushers by passing out programs to arriving guests moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

Veteran Richard Callan helps out the ushers by passing out programs to arriving guests moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

 

Veteran Richard Callan takes a moment to check his glove moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

Veteran Richard Callan takes a moment to check his gloves moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local American Legion veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local American Legion veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. Photo by John Moore.

 

Once the show begins, the volunteer ushers gather around a closed-circuit television in the lobby to watch the opening scene. Photo by John Moore.

Once the show begins, the volunteer ushers gather around a closed-circuit television in the lobby to watch the opening scene. Photo by John Moore.