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Church Sanctuary Lights Up with Christmas Joy During Annual Christmas Laser Spectacular

This is the fifth year the event will be held at the Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.

George Dodworth is president of Lightwave International, and has presented laser demonstrations on just about every continent.

His lasers have been featured in celebrity concert tours including Madonna, Rihanna and Tom Petty. Currently, Lightwave International is touring with The Killers, Pretty Lights, Ghostland Observatory and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular”.

Though Dodworth’s extraordinary lasers and light effects have been featured all over the world, his heart and passion remain in his local community.

Lightwave International was featured in Pittsburgh’s 2012 Light Up Night celebration and Dodworth is again donating the 5th Annual Christmas Laser Spectacular at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.

Proceeds from this show—made possible through volunteer efforts—stay in the area to help individuals and families in need.

“We pack more equipment, millions of dollars of lasers for most shows, into the church sanctuary,” said Dodworth. “I think we really undersell the event; the average person reading about the show will just expect a small church performance and probably dismiss it—but it's far from anything they have seen before. The people that attend the shows are likely seeing brand new effects or equipment that we have not yet launched for the big artists.”

Stephanie Woodin, the church's communication specialist, agreed: People may have seen lasers during a concert or show—but probably not in a sanctuary.

And she added: The hour-long show is for all ages.

"There's so much joy that happens," Woodin added.

The Christmas Laser Spectacular will be held this Friday, Dec. 14 (with shows at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 15 (with one show at 6 p.m.).

Wooden said those wishing to attend may reserve their seats by picking up a ticket at the church office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. Online reservations may also be made at www.stubmatic.com/lasershow.

A free will offering will be taken at each show. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 children are encouraged. All of the money raised, Woodin said, will stay in the community to help individuals and families in need.

And Woodin added: The entire community is invited to attend!

Editor's Note: Woodin said those wishing to attend may park in the lot adjacent to the church. Attendees will gather in Fellowship Hall before being ushered into the sanctuary for the show.

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