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Irwin's Lamp Theatre show is simply 'ArtRageous'

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

The fun begins even before the show does as the nationally touring “ArtRageous” stops on March 16 at Irwin's Lamp Theatre.

“We try to involve the audience from the moment they enter the theater with interactive activities. Be prepared to be a part of the show,” says Lauri Francis, production team and troupe member. “They may get to see and be a part of something that they may not experience anywhere else. Plus it's just a ton of fun!”

This self-described “whirlwind of color and a frenzy of fun” is for children and adults.

“Hopefully we are able to bring out the little kid inside and just have a lot of fun together,” Francis says.

There are 12 troupe members wearing many different hats.

“Because we like to incorporate many arts in the show, including live painting on giant canvases, live music, singing, dancing, Bunraku puppetry and comedy, everyone has many different roles,” she adds.

All of the art is inspired by everything else that is happening on stage.

“It's really incredible to go into different communities across the country and just see people having an amazing time together, doing things that they may not ever do and sharing our passion for the arts,” Francis says. “We believe in the importance of the arts for your brain and health and we try to leave that passion behind.”

Troupe members have performed together for almost 30 years, “which is pretty unique,” Francis says. What gives this show its stamp of distinction and separates it from other touring productions?

“It our constant interaction with the audience right from the top and always trying to make the show about them and for them,” Francis says. “If they weren't there, there wouldn't be a show. It's often an uplifting feeling for the audience and they generally leave with a sense of community and a smile.

Rex Rutkoski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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