Lightwire Theater To Reinvent Childhood Classics Oct. 5th at Reynolds

 Lightwire Theater will bring to the University of Central Arkansas a 21st-century version of two well-known children stories at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The production at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, part of Conway’s ArtsFest, the annual celebration of arts inConway, will shine a new light on a couple of much-loved stories. Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” has helped many young children comprehend some of the world’s common struggles; Aesop’s ancient fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” teaches the common phrase “slow and steady wins the race.”

Lightwire Theater was a semifinalist on the 2012 season of America’s Got Talent.

“We are really excited about this show,” said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances. “It is very mesmerizing, and the audience will absolutely love it.”

The Lightwire Theater began in New York with two male Broadway performers, Ian Carney and Corbin Popp, and their connection of art, theater and technology. With the help of their wives, they developed a puppetry technique using EL wire, which is short for electroluminescent wire. After much practice and development, their new way of art expression began to skyrocket.

Tickets for the show, appropriate for all ages, are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students and are on sale now. Call (501) 450-3265 or toll free from anywhere in Arkansas at 866-810-0012 or visit

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call (501) 450-3293.