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Kristi Hughes ’98 to perform War Horse in Germany

July 18, 2013 By Cindy Long        
Centre College, War Horse, TheatreFragile, Berlin, Germany, Kristi Hughes Hughes manipulates the giant fish in "Himmel in Sicht"
("Sky in Sight"), a devised mask and object theatre piece for public
spaces by TheatreFragile, a Berlin-based production company.

Centre College, War Horse, TheatreFragile, Berlin, Germany, Kristi Hughes Hughes performs the character "Alva" in HOME, a devised site-
specific mask theatre piece researching the idea and individual
perceptions of "home" by TheatreFragile.

Commander: "It's a horse they found wandering about in No Man's Land."
Soldier: "What kind of a horse?"
Commander: "A miraculous kind of horse, would be my guess.
                                       β€”War Horse

Kristi Hughes ’98 will be performing as a puppeteer and cast member in the first foreign-language stage production of War Horse, set to open Oct. 29, 2013, at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany.

In the stage production of War Horse, actors share the stage with elaborate puppets depicting a variety of animal characters being manipulated by on-stage puppeteers. Hughes, because of her considerable talent and experience with this form of theatre, initially auditioned in Hamburg, Germany, for a spot on the team of puppeteers.

"I made it to the final round of the puppeteer auditions, but in the end, I was not cast," Hughes says. "Rejection is, unfortunately, a very real part of this business, so of course I was disappointed, but life goes on."

Then in February of this year, while she was at Towson University for a teaching residency, she received an email message from Stage Entertainment, the German casting and production team casting War Horse, saying that they were still looking for an actor for the acting ensemble.

"They wanted to know if I was interested," she continues. "I called them immediately from my hotel room in Maryland and said that I was definitely interested. The next day, they confirmed that I had been cast in the acting ensemble." As an added bonus, she also will be a puppeteer for the title character, Joey, when he is a foal.

Since 2009, Hughes has been creating and performing site-specific documentary theatre all over Germany, Austria and France with her current theatre company, TheatreFragile. The international theatre company, based in Berlin, was recently nominated for the prestigious German Freie Szene (Free Scene) Theater Award, the "George Tabori Preis."

Hughes shares an intriguing bit of her theatre exploits.

"Last year, I had the opportunity to perform one-on-one with a European queen for a special event, though I'm not allowed to say which queen or which event!"

Since graduating from Centre, Hughes has performed around the world with various theatre companies, expanding her ever-growing list of theatrical talents. In 2010, Hughes traveled to Haiti with Clowns Without Borders. Hughes credits her success, at least in part, to the influences of some of her Centre professors, including Dramatic Arts Professor Patrick Kagan-Moore, Professor of French and German (emerita) Karin Ciholas, Professor of English Daniel Manheim and Dramatic Arts Professor Anthony Haigh.

To see a video of her work in Haiti, click here.

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