Mateo Messina is reinventing live theater.
"It's just a new way of telling a story but we have never seen it done before," said the Grammy-winning composer. "And it's either going to go great or it's not going to work. It's one of the two."
Messina has something special planned for the audience attending his 19th annual Seattle Children's fundraiser called "The Pageant," coming Friday to Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
Messina said, "Probably at first they'll be like, 'What is going on?'"
The holiday story of a boy in search of his dream will unfold on stage and onscreen at the same time.
Portions of the show were filmed in advance. Other action will take place live, in front of the audience, as cameras capture the performance and integrate it into the onscreen presentation displayed above the stage.
"It's a living movie," Messina explained. "We're doing something so different, but it's the same heart. And I think that always translates."
The entire production would cost tens of thousands of dollars if it weren't for the generosity of supporting partners including Kirkland's Vossler Media.
"We have a lot of good people figuring this thing out for us," said Messina.
Michael Vossler, president of Vossler Media, agreed. "Kind of groundbreaking and really exciting for us to participate in for sure."
Together, they're pioneering this new form of entertainment to support the pioneering work of Seattle Children's.
Messina said, "Our community does care."
Tickets to "The Pageant" are available here.