When you’re at Artrageous, you likely won’t know where to look. To the left, to the right, toward the back of the stage, each spot has something going on and altogether, it’s something you don’t want to miss.
“That’s so unusual to have that many things going on on stage at the same time,” said Gladys Wyant, executive director at The Arts Council. “You have singers, dancers and you can’t take your eyes off them.”
What: Interactive show including, singing, dancing and painting
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19
How much: $28 for students, $35 for adults and $32 for seniors
The show is back for the second time in Gainesville, performing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Pearce Auditorium. Tickets are $28 for students, $35 for adults and $32 for seniors. They can be purchased online, by phone or at the door.
Wyant said you have to take your eyes off the dancing every now and again, though, to see what’s going on at the back of the stage. She said there are “huge canvases” the performers are painting throughout the performance.
“You don’t know what it is until they’re finished and sometimes you don’t know until they flip them over,” Wyant said. “They sometimes paint them upside down and it could be John Lennon or Marilyn Monroe or the Statue of Liberty or some other celebrity.”
The show has been described as a point where fine arts and performing arts meet.
“Experience the thrill of witnessing giant masterpieces being created before your eyes in mere moments and join the challenge to see if you can guess what is being created,” the website says. “Artrageous artists use bold colours with hands and brushes as they are inspired by the troupe’s vocalists, musicians and dancers as they race to complete the paintings before the last note.”
And it’s not just a show you watch. The audience gets to participate.
You might get handed something that lights up during a certain part of the show as you walk in. You might get bubble wrap to stomp on during a song. You might even get called on stage to help out during the performance. The show is immersive.
“They want this to just be a real fun way to enjoy the different aspects of the performing arts,” Wyant said.
She said “kids went wild” at the “very high-energy show” the last time it was in town and all the feedback she heard from others who were there made her sure The Arts Council had to bring Artrageous back.
And if the show inspires you to get a little creative yourself, you’ll be able to take part in a splatter party afterward. All you have to do is bring a shirt, backpack, shoes or anything that can be painted, and you’ll be able to do just that.
It’s a show for all ages, from young to old, Wyant said everyone will enjoy it.
“It does appeal to all ages,” Wyant said. “Kids and grandparents are always looking for educational and fun and entertaining ways to bring their kids into the arts and this is certainly a good way to do that.”