The Blue Man Group has dazzled audiences with its potpourri of percussive instruments, wildly rhythmic music, and eye-popping special effects.
Fans of the electrifying trio will have the chance to step into the group's shoes -- minus the blue face paint -- in a new exhibition, "Blue Man Group -- Making Waves," at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk.
In the exhibition, opening Saturday, visitors will have the chance to compose their own creations on a bevy of BMG-inspired instruments while producing visual effects that recall the group's dynamic live performances.
"The big overarching ideas behind the exhibit is the science of sound," director of exhibit design Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill said.
Visitors can speak into a series of tube phones and hear their voices played back with echo, distortion and reverb; strike an assortment of color-coded polyvinyl chloride tubes to create a variety of tones; and bang a sand drum to produce aural vibrations that form resonance patterns in sand.
To discover what sound looks like, visitors can play a Theramin organ, an eerie sounding instrument played by moving closer or farther away. An oscilloscope shows the sound waves created and children can watch the distinctive patterns of harmonies and dissonance while they play.
Another exhibit component is learning how to play the belly drum. After watching how the Blue Men use the human body as a percussion instrument, visitors can play along as the Blue Men perform "The Belly Drum Song."
The exhibition culminates in an intimate surround-sound theater, which plays a Blue Man Group song written specifically for the exhibition.
Created by the Boston Children's Museum and Blue Man Group, the exhibit creates "a very authentic experience" that will "encourage visitors to learn, play and explore with the same curiosity as the renowned performing artists," Cifaldi-Morrill said.
"After years of being able to express ourselves creatively on stage, it has become increasingly important to us to develop experiences that encourage and expand the creative development of others, particularly children and their parents," Wink said in a statement. "We're very excited to see this exhibit come to life."
The exhibit continues through Sept. 9.