March 16, 2014

Lightwire....The Show. At Burnsville Performing Arts Center.


Lightwire....The Show.  At Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 16, 2014


On Friday night we headed over to Burnsville's Performing Arts Center to see Lightwire.  The Show.  


A lot of people in Burnsville complained when the city built this facility a few years ago because it cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million dollars.  But if it gave me a chance to spend a fun night with my family, then I'd say that money was well worth it.  Thanks, Burnsville Tax Payers!


The show was part play, part musical, and part new age theater experiment.  We'd seen Lightwire on America's Got Talent a couple of years ago, so when we saw they were coming to town, we thought it would be worth investing an evening to see the performance.  We were all pretty entertained and glad we went.  Except for that flower with the wiener.  We had no idea what that was all about.


The plot was a little weak basically telling the story of a weird little bird who has a magical beak.  He gets kicked out of his flock in Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer fashion and then has to go back and save his girlfriend from some dude with a big light sword.  There was some singing and dancing along the way and lots and lots of lights that go on and off.  The performers wore black suits while carrying or wearing multi-colored LED lights that gave a magical effect that we hadn't really seen before.  I found this video on YouTube so you can get a taste of what it was like:
      


After the show, a couple of the performers came out to the lobby to chat with the crowd and show off their technology.  Their gear was a lot more high tech than I'd realized.  It will be interesting to see what happens when bigger entertainment companies like Disney adopt this technique into their shows, because it has a lot of potential to be a new way to tell a story.  Dare I say it has a very bright future!


On Saturday night, I hung out with my good friends, Jason and Jen.  They didn't wear any costumes with colored lights on them, but it was nice to see them all the same.