January 09, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Lightwire Theater will present a free family-friendly matinee on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored, in part, by the Susquehanna Valley Mall. Tickets are not required.

Lightwire Theater was recently a semi-finalist on "America's Got Talent!" which aired in the fall on NBC. The theater group will bring the stories of Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare to life.

This unique show will entertain kids and adults alike, as it combines age-old children's stories with cutting edge technology, moving sculpture, and dance to create an unforgettable theatrical experience.

The show uses electroluminescent puppetry on a darkened stage to capture the audience's attention and bring children's tales to life.

Hans Christian Andersen's classic "The Ugly Duckling" has helped generations of children understand one of humanity's universal struggles. Lightwire Theater brings this story to the modern stage offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.

Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," now more than 2,500 years old, continues to drive home the time-tested adage, "Slow and steady wins the race."

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "The Weis Center is thrilled to bring this magical performance to our region. One of the Weis Center's goals is to open up the world of art and culture like a book, letting children and families experience the excitement and beauty of live performance. We hope area families will join us to look, listen and learn as Lightwire Theater sparks the imaginations of both the young and young at heart."

The next event in the Weis Center series is a vocal performance on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. by Cantus, celebrated as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States." They will be joined by special guests, Bucknell University's Men's Choir. Cantus is the recipient of numerous awards, including Chorus America's highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009), as well as Chorus America's Education Outreach Award (2011). The ensemble was also the 2010-11 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media's "Performance Today."

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications