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Lightwire Theater’s ‘Electric Christmas’ illuminates F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 6

Lightwire Theater’s ‘Electric Christmas’ illuminates F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 6
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From a press release:

It was announced today that “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalists Lightwire Theater will perform “A Very Electric Christmas” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling, and captivating performances in complete darkness. This touring show is certain to brighten up the holiday season.

Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins.

Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms, and performing poinsettias light up the stage in “A Very Electric Christmas.” Audiences of all ages can enjoy this magical tale of family, friendship, and hope set to timeless holiday hits from artists like Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Since bursting onto the national stage and receiving wide acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and winning the top honors on truTV’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.

Ian and Eleanor Carney were both born and raised in New Orleans and met at the age of 13 through ballet class. Their successful dancing careers took them to New York, and it was on Broadway when Ian met co-creator Corbin Popp while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.”

An immediate connection was made between the kindred spirits as they discovered their mutual love of art, theatre, and technology. After coming across a product called electroluminescent wire, or “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.

Based in New Orleans, Lightwire Theater continues to create and deliver innovative theatrical experiences to audiences worldwide, including Hong Kong, Estonia, Canada, Belarus, China, Abu Dhabi, and as finalists on MYTF1’s “The Best Le Meilleur Artiste in Paris.”

Doors at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $25, $35, and $45, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the F.M. Kirby Center box office, online at and, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m.