Lightwire Theater's The Ugly Duckling

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park
October 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

NFB’s 53rd season kicks off with The Ugly Duckling, performed by Lightwire Theater on Sat., Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park. This audience favorite brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance. With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this free outdoor production brings this story into a new and brilliant light.


Lightwire Theater has been featured as semi-finalists on NBC's America's Got Talent and winners of Tru TV's Fake Off. The group combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and is internationally recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry.

Lightwire co-creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met in New York City while dancing in Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out on Broadway. An immediate connection was made between the kindred spirits as they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called "el wire," the lights turned on, and the possibilities seemed endless. Together, with their wives, Eleanor and Whitney, they began experimenting 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, and Abu Dhabi, and as finalists on My TF1's, The Best Le Meilleur Artiste in Paris.