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People can play like Blue Man Group in new Exploration Place exhibit

Kids try out making music on PVC pipes as part of the “Blue Man Group — Making Waves” exhibit opening Saturday at Exploration Place.
Kids try out making music on PVC pipes as part of the “Blue Man Group — Making Waves” exhibit opening Saturday at Exploration Place. Courtesy photo

Blue Man Group will perform in Wichita in April, but in the meantime, people can play like they’re part of the show in a traveling exhibit opening Saturday at Exploration Place.

“Making Waves” was developed by Boston Children’s Museum in conjunction with Blue Man Group and JBL audio, premiering in 2006. It is making its way to Wichita for a run through May 1, running alongside the much bigger “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” exhibit that opens Jan. 30 and is sponsored by the National Guitar Museum.

Both exhibits will be included in regular Exploration Place admission.

Blue Man Group was founded by three friends just out of college in New York 25 years ago, combining music, performance art, comedy and technology and playing musical instruments made out of such things as PVC pipe. Subsequent bald, blue-painted men have taken the show on the road all over the world since then.

People attending the “Making Waves” exhibit will get to try out PVC pipes as instruments, and see how sound vibrations make patterns in sand on a drumhead. The exhibit shows what sound might look like on a theremin, an electronic instrument that is played via oscillation and the movements of the musician, who never physically touches it.

At the end of the exhibit is a surround-sound theater that will play a Blue Man Group musical number that illustrates the elements of sound.

The group will be in Wichita for two performances near the end of the exhibit’s run, at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 at Century II Concert Hall. The performances are part of Theater League’s season. Tickets are $40, $60 and $70, available through wichitatix.com.

Annie Calovich: 316-268-6596, @anniecalovich

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