Sep 21, 2020
On this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl sits down with illusionist, comedian, director, and producer Caleb Sigmon to discuss his journey as a performer. “There’s strength in creative people coming together around a campfire,” says Caleb. He combines his passion for storytelling with his love for the Carolinas by bringing local stories to life.
Caleb and his wife Katie partnered up to create Sigmon Theatrical. For much of the year, they collaborate with various talents to put historic pieces together. Aside from history-themed stories, they perform family-friendly productions such as The Cat in the Hat. They travel their shows “into schools, libraries, performing arts centers—anywhere folks gather, to suspend their disbelief and let them remember that the world that we live in is full of wonder, and when we use our imagination, anything is possible.”
One can create powerful moments and raise spirits as a visual storyteller without the need for large auditoriums or theaters. Having performed in children’s hospitals since high school, Caleb started a program dubbed “Giggle Box Circus”. Here, Caleb would come into a hospital as a clown doctor, diagnose the children with “ridiculously goofy problems” to “bring distractive play into the hospital.” He shares that laughter doesn’t only physically affect people on the outside, but on the inside as well. The more someone laughs, the greater their physical improvement within.
“We believe in the transformative power of a live theatre experience,” says Caleb, where everyone—the audience and the performers themselves—feels like they are part of the show.
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