9 May 2024

Stellar encore for Shellharbour's award-winning light and sound spectacle soon to crash-land in Blackbutt Forest

| Dione David
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Hologram of a stag at The Enchanted Forest at Shellharbour's Blackbutt Forest

The handsome mystical stag that flitted through Shellharbour’s Blackbutt Forest, awakening the magic within, has made way for a new protagonist in LASERVISION’s latest production. Photo: LASERVISION.

A bewitched stag has made way for an intrepid spacefarer as the star of an award-winning spectacle returning to Shellharbour in May/June.

The Enchanted Forest, an immersive storytelling and light show experience that last year delighted more than 66,000 people and was named Best Small Regional Event at the Australian Event Awards, will once again transform Shellharbour’s Blackbutt Forest Reserve with a feast for the senses.

Part of the Luna Light Journey series by LASERVISION, the event’s attendees this year will follow an immersive trail through the forest, where the creators will bring to life a new protagonist – the Lost Astronaut.

LASERVISION Artistic Director Angela Davis says the concept has been a long time coming.

“I’ve always wanted to do a science fiction-themed show and I think our installations really suit that cosmic theming,” she says.

“This year was perfect because while we wanted to retain the otherworldliness of The Enchanted Forest, we needed to differentiate it from last year’s show.”

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Like last year when visitors followed a mystical stag as it awakened the magic of Blackbutt Forest, this year’s show combines soundscapes with holograms, laser lights and other visual elements to guarantee an evocative narrative.

From the opening hologram of the astronaut’s malfunctioned spacecraft crashed on the forest floor, stranding the pilot on a remote planet, it’s a narrative rich in creative fodder.

“The audience gets to follow the lost astronaut as he navigates unchartered territory across this beautiful, ethereal, alien world, gathering the scattered pieces of his ship so that he can continue his journey through the stars,” she says.

“Blackbutt Forest provides such an incredible natural canvas to create that cosmic theme … I think people are going to love this show, and that it will transport them to another world.”

Girl stands in in Blackbutt Forest Shellharbour awash in laser light beams at Enchanted Forest

Get ready to follow the lost astronaut as he navigates unchartered territory… Photo: Laservision

By the time the ill-fated ship makes its crash landing, thousands of hours of planning and execution will have gone into discovering fresh ways to use the natural, undulating features of Blackbutt Forest to create a whole new, awe-inspiring experience.

LASERVISION CEO Shannon Brooks says the family-friendly spectacle, presented in partnership with Shellharbour City Council, will be as exciting for people who attended last year’s show as for people who have never seen a LASERVISION production.

“Expect interactive projections, lasers, space-themed holograms, light sculptures, UV light displays, hanging light curtains, custom soundscapes, special effects and more along the trail, as a lost astronaut embarks on rebuilding his ship to escape the enchanted, alien forest he crashed in,” he says.

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Shellharbour Mayor Chris Homer says the council is thrilled to be partnering with LASERVISION for another year.

“I have no doubt that The Enchanted Forest will be another outstanding success. Last year it brought joy to many people, bringing families and friends together from near and far,” he says.

“You don’t want to miss out on experiencing this exciting new theme for yourself, so be sure to grab tickets.”

The Enchanted Forest runs 24 May to 16 June at Blackbutt Forest, Shellharbour.

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