Lightwire Theatre will present The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare as never before seen in Prince Rueprt.

Lightwire to illuminate Prince Rupert’s Lester Centre of the Arts

An upcoming performance will light up the stage at the Lester Centre of the Arts.

An upcoming performance will light up the stage at the Lester Centre of the Arts.

Lightwire Theater, an American theatre company, in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance will be putting on The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, shining new light on two classic tales: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare. The high-tech show will bring a modern twist to both of the two time-honoured stories.

This will be Lightwire Theater’s second time performing in Prince Rupert, after putting on Darwin the Dinosaur in 2010. Lester Centre manager Crystal Lorette said since the 2010 show, Rupertites have been requesting the group come back for another performance.

Following in Darwin the Dinosaur’s footprints, performers will use electroluminescent puppetry to bring gigantic, glow in the dark characters to life in the pitch black theatre, lighting up the entire stage.

“It appeals to everyone. It will spark your interest, and suck you right in,” said Lorette, adding it’s a show the whole family can enjoy.

“They use a Matrix-like effect with the slow motion. It’s so amazing what they can do.”

The 60-minute performance will also include creative use of music, ranging from pop to classical to jazz.

The Lightwire Theater company was featured in the last season of “America’s Got Talent”, making the top ten of the popular talent show. Lorette said Prince Rupert is fortunate to have the group in Prince Rupert once again.

“It’s an opportunity that doesn’t always come our way … it’s amazing to see, especially live,” Lorette said.

The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare will be at the Lester Centre on Saturday, Nov. 16, with the performance starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lester Centre of the Arts and Cook’s Jeweller’s.

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