Lightwire Theater brings fantasy trip to life on Sumter Opera Stage

BY RHONDA BARRICK
rhonda@theitem.com
Posted 3/11/18

Afraid of the dark?Lightwire Theater may be just the ticket to help you conquer your fear, and it's coming to Sumter Opera House on Friday.Beginning the show in total darkness, anticipation builds as the stage fills with colorful neon-illuminated …

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Lightwire Theater brings fantasy trip to life on Sumter Opera Stage

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Afraid of the dark?

Lightwire Theater may be just the ticket to help you conquer your fear, and it's coming to Sumter Opera House on Friday.

Beginning the show in total darkness, anticipation builds as the stage fills with colorful neon-illuminated characters that seemingly float across the stage. The story unfolds with the main character, Marvin the mouse, who wants to be popular but is labeled a loser and a geek by the "cool" mice.

Through his science books, Marvin enters a world of fantasy where he longs to be a hero, and the audience is pulled into the trip of a lifetime - to the surface of the moon in his homemade rocket, where Marvin meets misfit creatures and learns of peril and beauty.

Behind the story of acceptance is the ingenuity required to put on this show. A range of recyclable materials - aluminum rods, election signs, skateboard wheels, dryer ducts, plumbing supplies, PVC pipes, fishing poles, zip ties, back packs and duct tape - are used to create the pliable props that withstand the dancers' movements. Black fabric is added to the props for dimension and lined with electroluminescent wire known as "el wire." Unlike black lights, "el wire" is powered by batteries and gives a 360-degree glowing light. Each character wears black but is illuminated by the lights attached to his or her costume and powered by 16AA batteries for each show.

You may recognize the name Lightwire Theater from "America's Got Talent" where it was a semi-finalist, or TruTV's "FakeOff" where the troupe won the top prize of $100,000. Lightwire Theater has entertained audiences across the world including Hong Kong, Estonia, Belarus, China and Abu Dhabi.

"The audience is sure to be captivated by Lightwire Theater performers as they create colorful illusions to capture the child-like innocence in each of us," commented Cultural Manager Seth Reimer in a news release. "We're excited to bring this group to Sumter. It's going to be a fun-filled exciting program that you will not want to miss!"

Lightwire Theater will appear at Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m Friday. Tickets are $20-$28. Ample free parking is available. For more information about this show and any other upcoming shows, visit www.SumterOperaHouse.com online or call (803) 436-2616.