“Mythbusters” alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara are bringing their show “Down the Rabbit Hole,” a fun, family-friendly production about science, technology, and pop culture to Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 9. The tour begins in Mesa and stops in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington through Nov. 19.
“There’s going to be a very audience participation-type of extravaganza,” Byron said. “It’s going to be the closest thing to being on one of our shows as you can be, we’re going to make people participate.”
Byron said they will be doing some demonstrations and experiments fans might have seen on “Mythbusters” or “White Rabbit Project,” as well as inviting some audience members to come on stage and be guinea pigs in experiments they have done – that way fans can get a feel for what it was like to do some of the demonstrations and experiments.
“We think it’s really exciting to see when people discover or try things themselves,” Byron said.
Audience members will have a chance to ask questions about any of the shows they’ve been on and can “give them some behind the scenes views into the world we’ve created with science TV for the past decade and a half.”
Belleci said the show is going to be a mixed bag – showing video clips from behind the scenes footage, favorite moments from the show, live demonstrations on stage, in addition to audience participation.
“(The show) is kind of like a retrospective of sorts, we’re each kind of telling our stories and how we got involved with ‘Mythbusters’ and how that lead into ‘White Rabbit Project,’ kind of the history of our careers,” Belleci said.
The wide demographic makes “Down the Rabbit Hole” a great family-friendly show, and it can be difficult to find entertainment appropriate for the whole family, Belleci said.
“That’s why we’re really excited about this show, because it does give families a chance to go out together and experience a show where it’s not just for the parents or the kids,” Belleci said.
“One thing we always loved about our audience was our demographic was ages 8-80 men and women,” Byron said. “Because science is so accessible for anybody at any age.”
The show is made for the fans, Byron said. “So, if you grew up watching ‘Mythbusters’ and you’ve watched any of the shows Tory and I have done over the years or any of the ‘White Rabbit Project,’ this is a thank you to the fans who can participate.”
“This is going to give fans of ‘Mythbusters’ and ‘White Rabbit’ a chance to get to know us better, but then get to experience those shows in a different way,” Belleci said. “They’re going to get really good insight as to what went on behind the scenes and give them a feeling of what it was like when we were shooting the show.”
Byron said they haven’t tried to educate anyone through their experiments, though if people happen to learn something, great, but having fun has always been their goal.
“We hope mostly that you’ll laugh and have fun,” Byron said.
“We get to interact and see the fans up close,” Belleci said of the show. “Where so often people just know us through the television, so this is going to be a fun time to basically hang out with us for the night.”
“I am excited to get our little gang back together again because the three of us always had so much fun together and it’s just cool to be knee-deep in weird science again with these two weirdos,” Byron said.
Come see “Down the Rabbit Hole” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Tickets: $33-$108. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit: MesaArtsCenter.com.
– Mesa resident Alyssa Tufts is a freelance writer for MyNewsMesa.com.