A marvelous job: Greenville gymnastics coach enjoys touring with Marvel Universe Live

By Charity Apple
Times-News

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"Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes" will be performed Feb. 8-11, 2018, at the Greensboro Coliseum. [Photo submitted

   Seth Carnes’ martial arts and gymnastics   experience has come in handy during his   performances with Feld Entertainment’s   ”Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes.”
Carnes, a native of Greenville, N.C., is an   ensemble performer and portrays Loki, Dr.   Strange and Groot, to name a few.
One of the most interesting costumes, he said, is Groot.
“The costume itself is 9 feet tall,” he said.
The tour has been on the road for about nine  months now. It will stop at the Greensboro  Coliseum at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9, 2018,; 11 a.m., 3  p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 10; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Feb. 11.
One of Carnes’ best friends was part of the original Marvel Universe live tour a few years ago and “he kept telling me to try out.” Carnes is a member of the World Parkour and Free Running Federation and the United Gymnastics Academy. He taught gymnastics in Greenville for 12 years.
In the show, Loki (Thor’s brother) has sent Nebula (sister of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora) to retrieve the Wand of Watoomb. Dr. Strange also wants it, so he recruits The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, to help.
The way the show works, Carnes said, is roles are rotated each week. So he may play Loki one week and Groot or Dr. Strange the following weeks.
“There’s a rehearsal space at each site, so as soon as we get there, we begin work,” he said.
And in some cases, of sickness or other emergencies, he may get 30 minutes notice before having to portray a character.
Carnes said “it’s the biggest traveling show in the country with 44 performers, 40-plus crewman and 150 folks selling memorabilia and offering other services like face painting. It takes 20-plus tractor trailers to load the stage. Those crates go all the way to the top, too. It’s a big show.”
“We travel on Sundays and have a couple of days off before beginning rehearsals. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays,” he added.
One of the best things about the show, Carnes said, is moments before the performers hit the stage, “there’s this roar from the audience. Sometimes I just close my eyes and take it in. Then, when the lights come on, you can see audience members dressed in costumes and T-shirts depicting their favorite superheroes.”

Tickets are $15 to $83 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

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