Illumination of Imagination

By Victoria Erickson

Illumination of Imagination

On October 14, the Lincoln Center stage goes dark for a family friendly performance that combines theater and technology like no other. From out of the darkness, glow-in-the-dark characters will come to life and wordlessly spin a tale that will captivate even the youngest audience member.

Featured as semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Lightwire Theater returns to The Lincoln Center to present a new show titled Moon Mouse about celebrating differences. Following up their blockbuster performance of Dino-Light, this cutting-edge, internationally-recognized group will deliver their signature visually dazzling effects in a new heart-warming cosmic tale.

More than just an eye-popping spectacle, Moon Mouse deals with the issue of bullying, and even without words, still manages to deliver positive messages to children. The show features Marvin the mouse who retreats to a world of fantasy after being picked on by the “cool” rats where he embarks on a space adventure filled with a strange cast of misfit creatures.

“It came from personal experience,” said Ian Carney of Lightwire Theater in an interview with AXS. “As a kid, I was made fun of for taking ballet class. I understood what it felt like to be an outsider and not part of the group. We hope that Marvin will encourage everyone to embrace being different and not be afraid to walk to the beat of their own drum.”

Lightwire Theater was born when co-creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met in New York City while dancing in the Broadway hit Movin’ Out. After learning they had a mutual love of art, theater, and technology, they came across something called “el wire” — electroluminescent wire — and the proverbial “light” came on. Together with their wives Eleanor and Whitney, they began to experiment with shapes and designs and develop puppetry-based neon creatures.

“Our productions are all underdog stories, about characters that are able to achieve more than what people expect of them,” Carney continues. “Everyone loves an underdog, and you can do things with non-human characters that are not possible with actors. Our shows are almost entirely wordless so that the stories are told through movement, light, and music. People all over the world are able to enjoy them.”

But this isn’t just a fun show for kids; adults are guaranteed to enjoy it too.

 “We go through great pains to create shows that are for all humans to enjoy; they’re not just for kids,” says Carney.  “Our shows offer a little more than what is exactly right in front of you.”

Moon Mouse plays The Lincoln Center on October 14 at 2 & 6 p.m. Tickets are available for only $15.

Fun Facts
 Each character takes nearly 200 hours to create
– Each character can use up to 16 AA batteries per performance
– The characters are built from the ground up — utilizing recyclable materials like dryer ducting, plumbing supplies, duct tape and zip ties

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