Laser Shows Return to the Barlow in Time for Halloween
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Karen Klamczynski, director of the Barlow Planetarium, has announced several new features and programs for the area’s premier planetarium. “Thanks to a grant from the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Barlow was able to purchase a laser projection system from Laser Fantasy International. The new system was installed the week of October 10. Now, laser shows will now be a permanent part of the Barlow’s show offerings,” Klamczynski said.
Before purchase, the laser system was rented for 12 months.
“The laser system has been updated, and we now have more laser effects, and better, brighter laser colors than before. Our laserists have a lot of options at their fingertips. As they master all of the effects, the shows will really evolve,” Klamczynski explained. “No two laser shows will ever be exactly the same!”
According to Jason Fischer, Executive Director of Fischer Media Group, the Barlow’s laser system is a “state of the art laser performance system. You won’t see images like these anywhere else in the country.” Fischer explained that, “Less than a dozen planetariums in the country have a system comparable to the Barlow, and live laser performances are becoming a lost tradition.”
The first shows featuring the laser system are two Halloween shows, including:
- “Legends of Halloween Star Show” that explains the history behind Halloween traditions such as dressing in costume, trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins; Halloween-themed music and lasers are also part of this show that the whole family will enjoy; and,
- “Hard Rock Halloween," a full-length (50-minute) laser show featuring bright laser effects, 3-D haunted house and rock music by such artists as Rob Zombie, Kiss, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Offspring, Rage Against the Machine and more.
A new laser show retrospective on Pink Floyd is also now playing at the Barlow. According to Klamczynski, “ ' Laser Floyd: The Vision Bell, ' ” features music spanning the band’s 37 year history." Other Pink Floyd albums sampled in laser format include “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” “Meddle,” “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals,” “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” “The Wall,” and more.
Admission for “Legends of Halloween Star Show” is $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children and seniors. Admission for rock laser shows is $7 for adults and $6 for students, children and seniors.
The “Legends of Halloween Star Show” is offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. between October 21st and October 30th.
“Hard Rock Halloween” runs on 28th and 29th at 8:00 p.m.
“Laser Floyd: The Vision Bell” is presented at 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting October 21st and running through December.
The Barlow Planetarium is also planning two special laser shows to run for the first three weekends in November, including a salute to veterans, called “Spirit of America,” and a new tribute to Led Zeppelin. After that, holiday shows, including a laser show of holiday music, will run from the day after Thanksgiving to the end of 2005.
The Barlow Planetarium is located at University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. For more information on shows, please visit the Barlow online at barlowplanetarium.org or call 832-2848 to hear a recording of the current schedule.