Lightwire Theater’s “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare” at State Theatre on February 18 (Up to $18 Value)

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Children's theater is a great way to gently introduce kids to theater before they realize that most plays are just about sad guys talking. Get kid-friendly kicks with this GrouponLive deal to see Lightwire Theater present The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare at State Theatre. For $9, you get one ticket for mid-orchestra, front-balcony, mid-balcony, or gallery seating on Monday, February 18 (up to an $18 value, including fees). Doors open 90 minutes before showtime. Choose from the following performances:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 1 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Blending ballet, puppetry, and a laser light show, the story dancers of Lightwire Theater update two timeless fables with costumes outlined in electroluminescent wire. The bright-blue star of The Ugly Duckling appears as a cross between a firework and a cartoon character as she bursts from her shell and clownishly trips up the precise parade of her green stepsiblings. Hans Christian Andersen’s moral rings as true as it did 169 years ago, but the innovators bring the story to its natural climax as the growing swan faces off against a dastardly ninja cat. The Tortoise and the Hare receives a similar update as its overconfident bunny is waylaid by such distractions as his cell phone and a television.

In the creators’ hometown of New Orleans, the Gambit wrote that “the staging is unique, and the colored outlines are not garish but poetic.” The puppeteers of pure light might seem familiar to fans of America’s Got Talent: the stars of Lightwire’s other show, Darwin the Dinosaur, were featured prominently on the program this year.

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    State Theatre

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

    732-247-7200 x517

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Puppeteers disappear into expressive animal characters from classic children’s stories, rendered in glowing electroluminescent wiring

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Expires Feb 18th, 2013. Limit 10/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on 2/18/13 at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at State Theatre. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together.Discount reflects State Theatre current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Patrons of all ages require a ticket. Venue assigns seat location. No upgrades. Stairs are required to access balcony. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • State Theatre (9 miles)

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

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