“Are we ready?” Jason Whicker, ’02, asks as he adjusts the black harness strapped tighlty around his trim waist. Looking up at the wires high in the rafters above him, he grins. “Let’s fly!” he says with a clap of his hands.
Moments later, he’s dangling 20 feet above the stage, twisting sideways and upside down, his shock of white-blond hair a blur in midflight. Whicker’s aerial feats are made possible by an off-stage rope operator whose size acts as counterweight, keeping him aloft.
Somersaulting through the air is second nature to this 35-year-old Elkhart, Indiana, native. A dancer and choreographer, he’s also co-founder of On the Fly Productions LLC, an entertainment company that specializes in aerial and flying effects. READ MORE