Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Very Electric Christmas Brightens up the Holidays

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Lightwire Theater in A Very Electric Christmas on Friday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. These performances are part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Lightwire Theater, known for its electroluminescent characters, will perform A Very Electric Christmas in complete darkness, bringing to life a creative storyline that features Nutcracker soldiers with candy-canes, naughty rats, an electric Christmas tree surrounded by presents, glow worms, dancing flowers and other creatures that light up the stage.

 Lightwire’s captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love, centers around a young bird named Max, trying to make his way home for the holidays after getting separated from his family during their migration south.

Audiences of all ages will also enjoy hearing timeless Christmas classics that have been woven into the production including songs from Nat King Cole, Tchaikovsky, Mariah Carey and of course a few surprises along the way.

"It's hard not to smile watching Lightwire's dancers - who wear puppet-like costumes outfitted with electroluminescent wires and perform in the dark - bring to life tales of colorful creatures for children and adults alike." — New Orleans Magazine

To watch a video clip from A Very Electric Christmas, visit: http://lightwiretheater.com/a-very-electric-christmas/.

Lightwire Theater, based in New Orleans, brings technology, theater and dance together in its illuminating performances. The company was founded by Ian and Eleanor Carne along with Corbin and Whitney Popp. Lightwire Theater competed on America’s Got Talent, finishing as semifinalists during season seven.

Lightwire Theater 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 came to life.

Follow Lightwire Theater on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LightwireTheater and Twitter @LightwireTheatr.

Tickets ($20-$30) are available at TrustArts.org, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Groups of 10 or more, please call 412-471-6930.

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