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News Release
Thursday, February 02, 2017

America's Got Talent Finalists 
LIGHTWIRE THEATER Return to the Lutcher with 
THE UGLY DUCKLING 

ORANGE, Texas - Area residents have the opportunity to once again see what inspired America's Got Talent judges and audiences as New Orleans' Lightwire Theater, in correlation with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, tells the story of THE UGLY DUCKLING, Friday , February 10, 2017 at 9:30 and 11:30 AM.

"What a way to end the show! You brought it home," Howie Mandel told them, going on to declare that they deserved to go all the way to the finals. Sharon Osbourne agreed, calling the act "spectacular." And Howard Stern added, "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.

This classic Aesop Fable is 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 2016-17 Series, which is designed to accommodate area school field trips as well as the public. Area students 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.

Lightwire Theater was last seen at the Lutcher in A Very Electric Christmas and in Moon Mouse.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the Lutcher Box Office by calling 409.886.5535. Tickets for the daytime kids series are not available online.

Lutcher Incredible Kids Events is sponsored by Gopher Industrial, Service League of Orange and the Lutcher Theater Service Guild. Other upcoming Incredible Kids Events for this season include Rock the Presidents, February 17, Lights, Camera, Math, March 27 and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, April 10, all scheduled for two performances at 9:30 and 11:30 am.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main Orange, TX. 

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.




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