Enjoy a cutting-edge light show with puppetry, story, and dance! This electrified tale follows the journey of a young bird named Max and his family as they embark on their migration south for the winter. When a gust of wind blows Max off course, he finds himself in a wondrous and unfamiliar world at the North Pole.

Follow Max’s adventures as he encounters dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms, and performing poinsettias, all while trying to find his way back to his family. To tell his story, Lightwire Theater’s L-Wire technology enables talented actors to dance across a completely dark stage as ultra-creative, glow-in-the-dark, larger-than-life characters. A soundtrack of timeless holiday hits, including artists like Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky, accompanies this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope.

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Extended Experience: Immediately following select performances of A Very Electric Christmas, Extended Experience ticket holders will get an up close and personal look at how the magic is made. The founders and performers of Lightwire Theater, Ian and Eleanor Carney, will answer questions, demonstrate how they get into character, and reveal how the show is created using Lightwire’s unique L-Wire light system. Following the performance, Extended Experience ticket holders will be asked to remain in their seats until the other patrons have exited the venue, then extended experience will begin (runs 25-30 minutes). To purchase the extended experience, choose a performance with “Special options” from the list of performances, then choose seats in the Extended Experience section or contact the ticket office for accessible seating options, 206.441.3322 or

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation
For All Ages

Running Time
Approx. 75 minutes, no intermission

Content Warning
This show includes strobes, flashing lights, and is performed in a darkened theatre. This production also contains mild allusions to violence, including a scene in which candy canes are used to mimic guns.


This production has past.

November 16, 2023 at 6:30pm is our Pay What You Can performance of A Very Electric Christmas. Call our Ticket Office to arrange your Pay What You Can ticket for this performance at any price!

Additional Resources

View Program

Sensory Sensitive GUIDE


Cast / Creative

Ian Carney

Ensemble & Artistic Director

Eleanor B. Carney

Ensemble & Managing Director

Ian Blanco


April Dayok


Jesse Forcha


Symone Johnson


Tierny Lawson


Cailan Orn


Production Team

Ian Carney Artistic Director

Eleanor B. Carney Managing Director

Corbin Popp Co-Creator & Technical Supervisor

Barry Mendelson Manager & Executive Producer

Reading List

Resources for Educators


State Learning Standards

Drama in Action Activity



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