Attention all paleontologists big and small -- dinosaurs are coming to the UMASS Fine Arts Center for one performance only this month and I've teamed up with the FAC to offer one lucky winner a family 4-pack of tickets (2 adult and 2 child admissions) to this first family-friendly performance of the season -- Lightwire Theater: Dino-Light on Sunday, October 20.
Lightwire Theater (of America's Got Talent fame) uses their puppetry-based neon creatures to bring to life the adventures of a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and learns what love is through the creatures he meets along the way. The performance takes place at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. with a pre-performance Family Fest in the lobby at 1 p.m. The performance runs approximately one hour and is appropriate for ages five and up. A food truck with family friendly options will be on the plaza starting at 12:30 p.m.
Lightwire Theater stemmed from a mutual passion for dance and an interest in technology. Co-creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp share a love for art and theater, and combined the two in a different way through this electronic show of puppetry. With the help of their wives Eleanor and Whitney, the group stumbled upon the “el wire,” short for electroluminescent wire, which is powered by batteries and requires no theatrical lighting to create three-dimensional glowing light thereby allowing their vision to come to life.
Before the performance, ticket holders are invited to enjoy a Family Fest in the Fine Arts Center Lobby starting at 1 p.m, featuring interactive displays and activities for patrons of all ages. The Beneski Museum of Natural History along with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Jurassic Road Show will offer hands-on activities such as rock and mineral testing. The Beneski Museum (located on the nearby grounds of Amherst College) will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pre and post-performance visits (admission to the Beneski museum is always FREE). The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be on hand with recommendations about dinosaur-themed books along with the Springfield Science Museum with information about their Dinosaur Hall.
To enter the ticket giveaway, use the comments field below to share one tip for how to foster a love of natural history in children. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Entry period ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. Good luck to all who enter!
Tickets for Dino-Light are $35, $25, $15; Five College Students and youth 17 and under are $15, $12, $10. This performance offers a family pack of tickets for two adults and two youth for $75. For tickets call the Box Office at 545-2511, toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, purchase online, or click on the link at the top right of this page.
You can read all about the entire upcoming season of family friendly shows at the FAC here.