Lightwire Theater's DINO LIGHT Comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center

Lightwire Theater's DINO LIGHT Comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center

byBWW News Desk

Oct. 1, 2018

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center and Mendelson Entertainment Group are thrilled to announce that tickets for Lightwire Theater's 'DINO LIGHT' will go on sale Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Lightwire Theater's 'DINO LIGHT' will perform one show only at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District.

Since bursting to national acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on 'America's Got Talent' and winning the top honors on TRU TV's 'Fake Off', Lightwire Theater has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters. People of all ages will be captivated by the dazzling visuals and unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness.

'DINO LIGHT' tells the story of a famous scientist with magic powers that brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually stunning and has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world.

Center Members get access to the best available seats. Call Membership Services at 214-978-2888 or go to www.attpac.org/support to join. Center Membership presale begins October 1 at 10 a.m.

Ticket prices for Lightwire Theater's 'DINO LIGHT' range from $105 to $17 and can be purchased, beginning on October 5 at 10 a.m., online at www.attpac.org, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office will be open 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and before performances - closed Sundays.


Art Smart | How Art Helps Children With Learning Disabilities Thrive

by Lillian Brooks,
LearningDisabilities.info was created to offer information and understanding to parents of children with learning disabilities, as well as adults who are in need of continued support to succeed.

All children learn in a different way than their peers. Children with diagnosed learning disabilities are no different. These learning differences can make it more difficult to adapt to a regular classroom or to fully understand and enjoy the same activities as their peers. But there is one area where almost all children are on equal ground: art.

Because art, in all its forms, is subjective, children with learning disabilities won’t be pressured to do things exactly like everyone else. In addition to providing a self-esteem boost, art helps children with learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and sensory disorders, communicate more effectively and express thoughts and feelings in a way that makes sense to them, according to PBS.org. Art has been used since the dawn of man to help people convey ideas. And it can do the same today for a learning-different child.

Getting started

First, set up a designated hobby room where children have access to all the tools and materials needed to create their personal masterpiece. An easily-cleanable workspace, such as a non-porous table, will make things much easier. Storage is a must as are kid-sized aprons, scissors, and other art supplies. Redfin explains that a dedicated display area, which can be something as simple as clipboards or a string and clothespins mounted to the wall, will help children take pride in their work.

Lesson plans

Art projects run the gamut from crayon drawings to sculptures to hybrid science projects and everything in between. All children should be given the opportunity to dip their toes into the proverbial water until they find something that fits their personality and style. A few ideas for elementary and middle school students with learning disabilities include crayon resist paintings, corn meal and powder paint, and, when the weather is warm, an outdoor spray paint mural. Tutorials for these and dozens of other projects can be found on KinderArt.com.

Helping or hindering

It can be difficult to teach a child with severe learning disability how to properly handle new mediums. However, it’s important that the student have the opportunity to use their problem-solving abilities to create their very own piece of art with minimal adult interference. Art Shop, a Minnesota-based art education program tailored to adults and children with developmental, cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities, explains that, regardless of the child’s ability – or lack thereof – the end goal is to help the child feel successful through independent participation.

Learning through art

While art offers plenty of opportunities for creative expression, there are also a number of concrete, academic benefits of drawing, playing music, and crafting. The arts open a new world of opportunities to students who don’t quite fit the mold of a traditional academic setting. They allow children with learning disabilities to explore complex thinking exercises and to experiment with difficult-to-grasp concepts such as math and science. Music, a form of auditory arts, teaches children about rhythm and rhyme along with sound and pitch and will encourage participation in group musical activities. Art can be used as a teaching tool in a number of creative ways. For instance, a child making a handprint fish may be open to talking about how fish survive underwater and the functional of gills and scales.

Fostering creativity helps children of all developmental levels grow their social and emotional intelligence. It encourages analyzation and helps kids look at their education from a different point of view. Art bridges the gap between age, income, and abilities and allows a child to simply be a child and to self-direct their learning experience. There is no wrong way to create art just as there is no right way to teach it.

Inside the Neiman Marcus windows!

Last Friday evening, the Lightwire Theater cast donned their battery-operated costumes and amazed downtown Dallas onlookers with an 8-minute holiday performance in six of the historic Neiman Marcus windows. 

Observers followed Max, a baby Shweta bird, on his exhilarating journey to recapture a very special Christmas gift. Max ventured through a forest filled with toy soldiers, a mystic land of worms, and an evil Rat King's kingdom in an exciting story that is sure to warm hearts of all ages.

You can catch this very special performance in the windows of Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas, TX on Thursday and Friday evenings (and select Wednesdays) at 5:40 PM!

Visit ww.attpac.org to purchase tickets to Lightwire's full-length performance of A Very Electric Christmas on January 1st, 2018 at 1:00PM and 5:00PM at the AT&T Performing Arts Center - Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District. 

Returning to the Windows of Neiman Marcus

We are honored to announce that Lightwire Theater will return to the historic windows of Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas, TX this holiday season! Last year, Lightwire amazed onlookers with a mini performance of 'A Very Electric Christmas' in the Main Street window each evening for eight days.

This year, Lightwire will tell a heartwarming story that transcends all six windows of Neiman Marcus! Observers will follow Max, a baby Shweta bird, on his exhilarating journey to recapture a very special Christmas gift. Max will venture through a forest filled with toy soldiers, a mystic land of worms, and an evil Rat King's kingdom in this exciting story that is sure to warm hearts of all ages. 

The pop-up window display will debut in the Neiman Marcus windows on Saturday, November 11th and live performances will begin on Friday, November 24th (Black Friday)! 

 

Live performance schedule:

November 24th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

November 25th: Inside Neiman Marcus  - 1:00-3:00 PM

November 30th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 1st: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 7th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 8th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 13th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40PM

December 14th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 15th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 20th: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 21st: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

December 22nd: Neiman Marcus Windows - 5:40 PM

 

Check out this clip of Lightwire's window performance last holiday season! 

Visit ww.attpac.org to purchase tickets to Lightwire's full-length performance of A Very Electric Christmas on January 1st, 2018 at 1:00PM and 5:00PM at the AT&T Performing Arts Center - Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District. 

Lightwire's Sixth Tour in China!

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, the Lightwire Theater cast is gearing up for another international tour in one of their favorite places - CHINA! Lightwire couldn't be more pleased to be returning for the sixth time, this time with 'A Very Electric Christmas'.

Chinese audiences have fallen in love with the group's dazzling blend of cutting edge technology, puppetry, dance, and visual storytelling, and are eager learn about the magic that makes Lightwire happen. The group will be performing in Wuhai, Zhuzhou, Changsha, Guangzhou, Foshan, Nanjing and Shanghai!

Check out the calendar for ALL Lightwire's performance dates!

Teaming up with TCSN to Support Pediatric Cancer Research

We have teamed up with The Cure Starts Now North Texas to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research! Kids are the reason we get to perform every single day, and we couldn't think of a more worthy cause to support. 

The Cure Starts Now is a 501C3 Federal Non-Profit Organization dedicated to finding the cure for cancer, starting first with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer. Since 2007, The Cure Starts Now has been one of the leaders in non-government funding of pediatric brain cancer research and a pioneer in the effort to find the cure to all cancers.

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The North Texas Chapter of The Cure Starts Now was started by our dear friend Michelle Bjornberg and her husband Steve in honor of their daughter, Sydney Reece Bjornberg. Sydney was a vibrant, beautiful, smart 11-year old girl who lost her life to DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor, one week prior to her 5th grade graduation. 

Did you know?

Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in America - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.

In the United States, 1 in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20. 

 

To show our support of pediatric cancer research, we are doing a very special performance Sydney's Band of Gold Gala on October 7th, 2017. Last year, this event raised over $160,000 for pediatric cancer research!

We will also be donating $2 for every ticket sold to each of our New Years Day shows in Dallas at AT&T Performing Arts Center

If you live in North Texas and are able to attend either of these events, please come out and support! For more info on The Cure Starts now, check out: https://thecurestartsnow.org/

You can also donate directly to The Cure Starts Now - North Texas Chapter: thecurestartsnow.org/donate

Moon Mouse shines at International Children's Festival

For over three decades, the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival has been a signature cultural event for the region. Building bridges between art, culture and education, the expansive five-day festival transforms downtown St. Albert (Canada) into a world where the only limitation is one’s imagination.

Lightwire Theater performed their cosmic adventure story 'Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey' at the festival and gave festival goers a close-up look at the homemade structures that bring Lightwire's magical characters to life. 

 

Check out the video below from CTV Edmonton News for a behind-the-scenes look!

Lightwire Returns to China

Lighwire has returned to China this year for the fifth time! Chinese audiences have fallen in love with the group's dazzling blend of cutting edge technology, puppetry, dance, and visual storytelling, and they are thrilled to be returning for another tour.

During their time in China, the Lightwire cast will be performing The Ugly Duckling at multiple venues across the country, conducting workshops and speaking at events.

Lightwire Theater cast at the BuildingUp Workshop in Xiamen, China.

 

Make sure you are following Lightwire's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don't miss any of their adventures!

'A Very Electric Christmas' Concludes in Dallas

On New Years Day, nearly 1,900 people gathered to watch Lightwire Theater’s final holiday performance of the season at Dallas’ premier entertainment venue, the Winspear Opera House.

The afternoon was full of dazzling entertainment performed in complete darkness. The audience enjoyed a spectacular finale performance of A Very Electric Christmas, a captivating tale of family and friendship performed to timeless Christmas hits.

Guests were able to go backstage after the show to take an exclusive look at the tech that makes Lightwire Theater come to life. Creators Ian and Eleanor Carney gave the audience a close-up look at the electric puppets which are constructed completely of El Wire and household equipment such as shin guards, knee pads, and bicycle helmets.

From the cast and crew of Lightwire Theater and the Mendelson Entertainment Group team, we want to thank everyone who helped make this Christmas tour such a success!

 

Lightwire was the talk of the town! Check out features on the show:

The Dallas Observer

The Dallas Morning News

Culture Map Dallas

Guide Live

Broadway World Dallas

Lighting up the Windows of Neman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Downtown has partnered with Lightwire Theater to present a unique and interactive window display beginning Friday, December 16, 2016 until Friday, December 23, 2016. Each evening for eight days Lightwire Theater will perform an exclusive mini performance of A Very Electric Christmas in the Neiman Marcus Main Street window. Repeating mini performances can be seen from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, December 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. December 17 and 18, Lightwire will perform from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The famous Neiman Marcus windows will be transformed into a stage that audiences of all ages will enjoy while celebrating the holiday season. The delightful holiday presentation will leave children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts while creating luminescent magic in the windows. Set to timeless holiday hits, all who watch are sure to be entertained.

Check out a sneak peak of the window display below!

Featured as semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent and winner of TRU TV Network’s Fake Off, Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling. A complete full length performance of their holiday classic A Very Electric Christmas will be presented at the Winspear Opera House on January 1st at 4:00 PM.

Visit www.attpac.org to purchase tickets to the full performance at 4:00 PM on January 1, 2017 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas Arts District.

Lightwire at EDC

Lightwire Theater will be a part of the 20th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, June 17th-19th!

As the sun fades into night, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be transformed into the expansive neon dreamscape that is EDC. Lightwire’s electroluminescent creatures will encounter thousands of people as they roam about the neon carnival, which Insomniac describes as “a distinct union of technology and nature”.

Festival goers will explore interactive art installations, carnival rides, mind-blowing circus-style performances and more than 200 of the world’s top electronic music artists across 8 stages. With over 400,000 attendees last year, Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest dance music festival outside of Europe. Lightwire’s stunning neon creatures will be a perfect fit among the LED-filled carnival grounds, and festival goers will get to experience the magic of Lightwire Theater under the Electric Sky.

 

Traveling to Shanghai!

Lightwire has opened their two-month China tour this week in Shanghai with a performance of Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey at the Shanghai Children's Theater. This is Lightwire Theater's fourth tour in China, as their electric performances have continued to resonate with audiences in Asia.

Lightwire is planning two tours next year as their reach continues to expand and may include stops in Singapore, Hong Kong, the mainland of China and Australia.