FAMILY & YOUNG AUDIENCES
Thursday Feb 1, 2024, Early Evening
Seating Opens @ 5:30pm, Play Starts @ 6:00pm
Lightwire Theater: The Adventures of the Tortoise & Hare. The Next Gen
Lightwire Theater combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry. They have been featured as semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and winners of Tru TV’s Fake Off. 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 electroluminescent wire or “EL wire” for short, the possibilities seemed endless. Together, with their wives Eleanor and Whitney, they began to develop EL wire puppetry based on creatures that quickly gained personality. The performances are a truly unique, innovative and visually dazzling theatrical experience. Utilizing the talents of four cast members, they strap on EL wire puppetry to their entire bodies and bring the creatures to life through movement and dance.
A classic Aesope’s fable of the Tortoise and The Hare but 10 years in the future now with children of their own and exploring modern day distractions. Smart phones and video games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. The Next Gen features Tortoise Junior and Lil’ hare in a whole new kind of race: where their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Old man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must come together despite their differences to find and save their children. What hurdles will they have to overcome to make it to the finish line. With dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and the creative us of music for classical to pop this production brings the tale into a new brilliant light.