The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2014

'Eye-popping' show will light up stage


— LEWISBURG — Dino Light, a family-friendly matinee, will be presented on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater, the performance is intended for children ages 7+.

BroadwayWorld.com says the performance is, “An eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen ... a force to be reckoned with.” Lightwire Theater was a semi-finalist on NBC’s hit TV show, “America’s Got Talent” in 2012.

Dino Light creates a world where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Unique and visually dazzling, Dino Light has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world. Originally created in partnership with The Detroit Music Hall, Dino Light has been performed all over the Americas and Europe for enthusiastic audiences of all ages.

Lightwire Theater is the brain-child of co-creators Corbin Popp and Ian Carney. Popp’s interest in dance began at the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, but was paused to pursue a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in math and physics from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) in 1999. In 2000, he was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Popp began his professional dance training during his final years at UNL, and has since continued dancing professionally with the Omaha Theater Company, The Sacramento Ballet, Complexions, Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” on Broadway and, most recently, “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.

A native of New Orleans, Carney began his training with Harvey Hysell and Diane Carney and continued his studies as a scholarship student with David Howard in New York and Devon Carney of the Boston Ballet. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English literature while continuing to perform with Ballet Hysell in New Orleans. He joined Montgomery Ballet with his wife, Eleanor, in 1996.

He has danced principal roles in “Coppelia,” “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Scheherazade,” “Petrouchka” and “Les Sylphides.” He danced the lead role and was a dance captain in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s musical “Movin’ Out” for three years on Broadway. Carney, who has guested extensively across the United States as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, balances his directing and performing with instructing ballet at Tulane University.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate and WNEP-TV.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for non-Bucknell college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at (570) 577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2013-14 Series will be a Celtic music performance, Martin Hayes Masters of Tradition on Tour: Celebrating Irish Music in its Purest Form, on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for all college students.