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LightWire of America's Got Talent fame stops by Joplin

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A world famous electro-luminescent  traveling show makes a stop in Joplin before heading the Memphis.

LightWire is known for their appearance on America's Got Talent, and Thursday night they're having a sold out performing at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.  Afterward they will do a question and answer session with students.

"I saw them win on America's Got Talent and when I first saw it I thought it was probably the coolest thing on there," says eighth grade student Jasmine Butcher.  "It was really neat how they used the lighting and all of the technology."

"They had nothing and they made this amazing show out of amazing technology and they're just normal, everyday people who had an idea and who had an idea and inspiration and they just took it to the extreme and they made something new that theater has never seen before," says Olivia Thompson, another eighth grade student.

"Being on America's Got Talent was a huge step for us," says Elizabeth Daniels, a dancer for LightWire, which is performing "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Tortoise and the Hare".

Daniels says the interaction with children during the performance makes it more enjoyable for all.

"When they say, oh you know, 'the duck is in the can - he's in the can' or 'he's behind you - he's behind you,'" says Daniels.  "Or when we hear them quack along with us, or yell, or cry, whatever, that really affects how we perform and so it's such a special and really beautiful experience for us to be able to share that energy in a room together and so that's, I think, what we are most about."

What makes their performance different are the tiny light wires.

Another neat feature of the show is getting to see what the costumes are made of.  Some are made of things you can find in your own home.

"Most of the costumes we made are made up of costumes, zip ties, knee pads, soccer shin guards, backpack frames, skateboard wheels, anything that you would find in your garage or in Home Depot or in a sports Academy," says Daniels.

Daniels says she enjoys getting to be a part of the show but says opening kids minds up to their creative side is what it's all about.

"The more our students are exposed to these events and the people that make them happen, I think it just inspires them to do, to know that they can use all these crazy ideas that they might keep in their heads and come up with something really unique and creative," says music instructor John Atteberry.

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