Don’t miss this act from ‘America’s Got Talent’


What does cutting edge technology and 1000-year-old children’s tales have in common? One is interpreting the other on February 21st when Crooked Tree Arts Center presents Lightwire Theater at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. With a special performance at 6 p.m. of “The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare,” this show is visually stunning, and though the story may be a children’s fable, the show itself is nothing short of a must-see spectacle for all ages, adults included.

Lightwire Theater uses dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, to literally bring two classic tales into a new and brilliant light. In 2012, the judges of NBC’s America’s Got Talent couldn’t have agreed more.

“What a way to end the show! You brought it home,” Howie Mandel told them, going on to declare that they deserved to go all the way to the finals.

Sharon Osbourne agreed, calling the act “spectacular.”

Howard Stern even added, “No disappointments here…. That’s a big stage show. That’s a million-dollar act, no ifs, ands or buts.”

The Lightwire Theatre show’s creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, “Movin’ Out.” Becoming fast friends through their mutual love of art, theater and technology, Corbin showed Ian a product called EL wire and their creative partnership took off. EL wire is electroluminescent wire powered by batteries and is used mostly to illuminate walkways, signs and instrument panels on cars.

Ian and Eleanor Carney founded Lightwire Theater as a platform for stage production, in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, and began pre-production on “The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare.” Using Corbian’s signature electroluminescent puppetry, Lightwire has adapted these two classical tales and set them amidst a wide range of music, dance and movement…all performed in a completely darkened theatre.

“I was able to see Lightwire in Grand Rapids last year and was blown away by the beauty and the sweetness of the stories told through this dramatic approach,” says Carole Carroll, Crooked Tree Arts Center Performing Arts Committee member. “It is phenomenal visually because the stage, curtains, and auditorium are black with only the characters illuminated. Children and adults will be astounded by Lightwire.”

Boyne City Elementary school students will be treated to a special private performance the afternoon of the show, thanks to special funding provided by the Charlevoix Community Foundation. “I am thrilled that the troupe will present a free performance for Boyne City elementary students,” shares Caroll.

Lightwire Theater will perform “The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare” at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 21 at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. Reserved tickets – $10 for adults, $5 for students – are on sale now at or by calling (231) 347-4337. Reserve your tickets today!