Meet Lightwave Theatre On AGT: The Romanian Golden Buzzer Puppetry Life-Size Act
One of the most exciting acts on America’s Got Talent this season is Lightwave Theatre Company, a group from Romania that uses life-size puppets telling emotional stories.
Read on to find out more about this fascinating new act, and check out their audition, which AGT leaked before the new episode. How far do you think Lightwave Theatre will go this season?
5 Facts About ‘AGT’ Act Lightwave Theatre Company
1. They earned the Golden Buzzer on ‘Romania’s Got Talent.’
Lightwave Theatre Company competed on Romania’s Got Talent in 2015, and earned the Golden Buzzer from judge Bebe Cotimanis. Much like their AGT audition, this performance involved mesmerizing projections and large puppetry work. Unfortunately, all of this season’s Golden Buzzers have been hit this season on AGT (unless something changes), so they probably won’t repeat their luck.
2. They were in the Top 10 on Germany’s ‘Die Puppenstars.’
In 2017, Lightwave Theatre Company competed on a German talent show focused on puppetry acts. They ended up being Top 10 finalists, although they didn’t win. Their audition performance involved onstage rain and a puppet holding an umbrella. They joked on Instagram about their puppets not being waterproof. You can check out their performances on Die Puppenstars, and other shows, on their website.
3. They’ve put on four major shows since 2013.
The group was founded in 2013, and has since performed four theatre shows: “Reflection,” “Loverphysics,” “It’s me, Annabel,” and “The Little Prince.” Check out a trailer for their production of “The Little Prince” above. It’s an adaptation of the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “It’s me, Annabel” featured actor Bebe Cotimanis, who gave them the Golden Buzzer on Romania’s Got Talent.
4. They’ve also done street performances.
Lightwave Theatre Company doesn’t just perform on stage. Check out their performance with an old man puppet on the streets of Bucharest while a girl busks on the violin. The performance combines puppetry with live acting. Fingers crossed we get to see something like this on America’s Got Talent!
5. They weren’t all puppeteers when they started.
The four-person group wasn’t formed completely from puppeteers. Cristina-Andreea Ion co-founded the company with Petru Stratulat, a Bucharest radio presenter. As he explained on AGT, he originally agreed to help Cristina promote her shows, but eventually started performing with her on stage. He said his colleagues poked fun at him, but “now they will watch me on America’s Got Talent.”
Find out what the judges thought about Lightwave Theatre Company when America’s Got Talent returns this Tuesday night.