A Very Electric Christmas

"A Very Electric Christmas" will be performed Friday and Saturday at Theatre at the Center in Munster.


The holiday spirit will continue this weekend as Theatre at the Center presents a colorful production.

"A Very Electric Christmas" will be performed Friday and Saturday at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

"It's a fun show for all ages," said Elizabeth Blanco, performer and road manager for "A Very Electric Christmas."

The show, featuring a variety of lighted characters and costumes, is presented by Lightwire Theater. (Lightwire Theater was a semi-finalist on a past "America's Got Talent."

Blanco said the show, which premiered in 2013, is an adaptation of "The Nutcracker" and also features Santa and other characters. There are three companies which perform the touring production. One cast also is performing in China.

"We do a lot of what we call 'magic' in the show. But it's not (the magic) that magicians do," Blanco said. The production has a variety of visual effects incorporated into it. "It's really a popular show," she said.

The company, Blanco explained, is essentially a dance company. Blanco said the show appeals to a family audience. She said it's rewarding for the company in that many times their production is often "a child's first theatrical experience."

The performer said one of the challenges of Lightwire's performances is that they are performed in the dark (with just the light of the costumes and objects). Because it's a touring company, the theaters are all different and they have to get used to the various spaces and space confinements.

"We work with 20- to 50-pound costumes," Blanco said. She said the performers all work well as a team. "We have to make sure we're all functioning at full throttle," she said, adding they also maintain good physical health.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.