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A Very Electric Christmas

SUNDAY , NOVEMBER 28 @ 4 PM UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE HERITAGE CENTER JOHN AND ALICE BUTLER HALL ( 2255 BENNETT ST ) A Very Electric Christmas lights up the holidays with a magical tale of family , friendship , and hope set to timeless holiday hits at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall on Sunday , Nov . 28 at 4 p . m .
Lightwire Theater ’ s A Very Electric Christmas tells the heartfelt story of a young bird named Max who is blown off course during a snowstorm . He ends up alone and lost at the North Pole . Max ’ s adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms and dancing poinsettias . He also meets nutcracker soldiers , mischievous mice , and an evil Rat King ! This holiday light and dance extravaganza with timeless holiday hits from Nat King Cole , Mariah Carey , Tchaikovsky , and more will make children wide-eyed with delight and melt even the hardest of hearts .
Internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry , Lightwire Theater was featured as semifinalists on NBC ’ s America ’ s Got Talent and were winners of Tru TV ’ s Fake Off . The group , based in New Orleans , combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness .
Each Lightwire Theatre performance is a unique interpretation of a story told by dancers and glowin-the-dark puppets . These stories are told solely through movement and puppetry , without words , so it is up to each audience member ’ s creative imagination to determine what is happening on stage .
Ian Carney and Corbin Popp , Lightwire Theater ’ s co-creators , met in New York City while dancing in Twyla Tharp ’ s Movin ’ Out on Broadway . The kindred spirits made an immediate connection as they discovered their mutual love of art , theater , and technology . When they came across a product called “ el wire ,” the lights turned on and the possibilities seemed endless . Together with their wives , Eleanor and Whitney , they began to experiment with shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that quickly came to life .
Two free events will be held prior to A Very Electric Christmas in Heritage Center .
A reception in conjunction with Celebrate : Living and Learning in Ethiopia will be open from 2 to 4 p . m . in the Bisignano Art Gallery . The exhibit runs through Tuesday , Nov . 30 .
University of Dubuque Tuba Christmas will celebrate the sounds of the season performed by UD students and faculty as well as area musicians from 3 to 3:30 p . m . on Knapp Stage in CyberCafé . Nolan Hauta , DMA , assistant professor of instrumental music , is the event ’ s coordinator .
Tickets start at $ 19 for adults , $ 14 for UD alumni and military , $ 10 for children , and $ 5 for a lap seat ( available with adult ticket ). All tickets increase by $ 5 for purchases on the day of the performance . Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Farber Box Office ; by phone at 563-585-SHOW ; or online at DBQ . edu / heritagecenter . •
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