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October 10, 2012

Lightwire Theater schedules Lutcher performance

ORANGE — “What a way to end the show! You brought it home,” Howie Mandel told them, going on to declare that they deserved to go to all the way to the finals.

Sharon Osbourne agreed, calling the act “spectacular.”

Added Howard Stern, “No disappointments here…. That’s a big stage show. That’s a million dollar act, no ifs, ands or buts.”

Such went the comments of the America’s Got Talent judges in response to the artistry of a Lightwire Theater performance.

Now, area residents have the opportunity to see what inspired AGT’s judges and audiences as New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater, in correlation with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, tell the stories of “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and The Hare” at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 on the Lutcher Theater stage.

These classic Aesop’s Fables are told with spectacular glow-in-the-dark electroluminescent wire (EL wire) puppets, dazzling visual effects, poignant choreography and creative use of music ranging from classical to jazz to pop.

Creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. An immediate connection was made as they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called EL wire, the lights turned on. “EL wire” is short for electroluminescent wire: Unlike black lights, the technology can be powered by batteries and requires no theatrical lighting. The possibilities seemed endless. Together with their wives Eleanor and Whitney they began to develop puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality.

Lightwire Theater visits the Orange area as part of the Lutcher Incredible Kids Events 2012-13 Series, which is designed to accommodate area school field trips as well as the public. Grades Pre-K through 4th grade will not only enjoy the stories and spectacle of this production, but will find curriculum connections with Language Arts, Science and Theater. Patrons of all ages will marvel at the mystery of its artistry.

All tickets are $4 and though not available online for this performance, can be purchased by calling 409-886-5535.

Lutcher Incredible Kids Events is sponsored by Printpack Inc. The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main in Orange, Texas.

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