A family night filled with seahorses, dragon fish, mermaids, bubbles, and a world of fantasy is coming to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. B – The Underwater Bubble Show will be on The Mendel Center Mainstage for one show only on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 7 pm.
The live stage show is the story of Mr. B. Like many people, he is overwhelmed by today’s fast-paced, stressful lifestyle. After another long day of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself magically transported to a special, colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia. The inhabitants of this kingdom carry Mr. B along his imaginary journey in this beautiful underwater world where fantasy becomes reality…a parallel universe of joy and freedom.
Inspired by the famous Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil, B is the first bubble show that gives meaning and a new theatrical dimension to the art of soap bubbles, bringing it to an unsurpassed level. The well-balanced blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and magic, combined with the amazing beauty of soap bubbles, makes B an entrancing experience for audiences of all ages.
The show is rich in special effects including a 380-square-foot LED screen that works in tandem with cutting-edge laser technology, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, and optical illusions to create a sensory feast. Adults and children alike will enjoy the highly engaging show that encourages audience participation.
B – The Underwater Bubble Show was produced with the help and support of the biggest authorities in the field of entertainment and theatre in Latvia. The visual impact of the show is enhanced by the original music of Valdis Zilvers, the most famous Latvian composer of soundtracks for theatre plays, and by the costumes designed by E. Patmalniece, a popular fashion designer and the main costume designer of the Latvian National Opera.
The show is produced by Brinum-X, a Latvian company with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment business in 32 countries. It is directed by Italian theatre director, actor, and bubble artist Enrico Pezzoli, one of the most experienced soap bubble performers in the world. Pezzoli has worked as a director and bubble advisor for international events including the RIGA 800 Years celebration and the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.
Tickets for B – The Underwater Bubble Show are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.
Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center box office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into a birthday party, a gathering of good friends, or other celebration.
Bubble Bash Pre-show Family Dinner
Fuel up for the journey to Bubblelandia during the Bubble Bash pre-show dinner in the Mainstage North Lobby. Little adventurers and their families will enjoy a dinner that will include a beverage, chicken tenders, fries, fresh vegetables, fruit, and of course dessert. And because everyone loves bubbles, Curious Kids’ Museum will bring their bubble chamber. Bubble Bash attendees will see what it feels like be encased in a giant soap bubble!
Bubble Bash tickets are $10 for ages 3 – 12, $15 for ages 13 and older. Tickets for the pre-show dinner and performance are sold separately.
Sponsorship and funding
This performance of B – The Underwater Bubble Show is made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment, and is sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation and MailMax. This presentation is also supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.
Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.
Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in their upcoming engagement of B – The Underwater Bubble Show. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”
About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.
About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.