• News Release: 4/24/2019


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    April 24, 2019
    DLUX PUPPETS, Walnut Creek-Based production company, moves to Las Vegas this summer. Bring the entire family to one of their final four performances, including a sesnory-friendly option, of Alice in Wonderland before the company moves away from the Bay Area this Summer.
    Public Performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts: 
    Friday, May 3 at 7:00 pm Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 am (sensory-friendly), 1:00pm, and 4:00pm
    DLUX Puppets premiered Alice in Wonderland in May of 2017 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Debuting to sold out audiences and rave reviews, the company has since toured nationally and successfully debuted a second show, Peter Pan, this past January. Founder Derek Lux handcrafts each intricately detailed puppet, ranging in size from 2 feet to an impressive 7 feet in height, giving them life-like features and an accurate array of personalities to portray the classic characters of the beloved Alice in Wonderland. It can taek Lux up to 250 hours to design, create and maintain the beautiful puppets, and it is time well spent when you see the characters take on a life of their own on stage. Paired with their creative use of an animated, digital video backdrop, recognizable tunes adapted to fit the story, and an inspiring social-emotional learning message woven throughout, this a family-friendly performance you won't want to miss this Spring. "W use high quality puppetry, actors, digitally projocted scenery, and famous songs to perform fun, musical adaptations of classic literature. " (Derek Lux, Founder and Artistic Director).
    In less than two years, DLUX Puppets has gone from a single screen show in a 300-seat theatre to being booked in 1,000-seat theatres across the country and using multiple screens for the display and more special effects than ever before. The company has also increased their show offerings to be inclusive of children, students, and family members that may get over-stimulated at the average theatre performance by modifying the house lights, using natural stage lighting, avoiding loud, startling sounds and encouraging patrons to talk, stand, or walk around during the show if they need to. By building this judgment-free space and experience, individuals with autism or other special needs can feel comfortable and supported in the theatre. With DLUX Puppets’ success and growth, they have announced an upcoming move to Las Vegas, NV, where they will develop and expand on their current repertoire in an area known for spectacular, cutting-edge live shows.

    “We are so excited to make the move and continue to grow as a company, but of course will miss the Bay Area. We are so grateful to have gotten our start here surrounded by family, friends, and so much enthusiasm and support!”

    – Lauren Lux, Co-Founder and Education Director


    Fear not, DLUX Puppets will be returning for multiple performances in the 2019-2020 season and your family can still attend one of the 4 upcoming shows, May 3-4. Peter Pan will return to the Lesher Center for the Arts in March 2020 for both school-time and public performances and Alice in Wonderland will return for school- time performances only in November of this year. Diablo Regional Arts Association, the non-profit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts, is proud to have presented DLUX Puppets in the past and is thrilled to announce continued support of the company into next season. Don’t miss your chance to catch one of DLUX Puppet’s final performances before the big move this Summer! Alice in Wonderland will be at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek for four public performances Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4. Single tickets are $17 and can be purchased online at lesherartscenter.showare.com/DLUXPuppetsAliceinWonderland or through the Lesher Center Ticket Office: open Tuesday – Sunday, closed Monday.

    Open Tuesday – Sunday Closed Monday Open for Calls Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm Friday – Saturday: Noon – 7:30pm (925) 943-7469

    Open for Walk Up Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm Friday – Saturday: Noon – 7:30pm Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    View the Study Guide that DLUX Puppets created specifically for this production: bit.ly/AWstudyguide.

    Media contact: Elizabeth Orcutt, Diablo Regional Arts Association.
    (925) 295-1459, mobile (925) 268-8146