Lyric Opera of Chicago

Wesley Daniel likely to return home Thursday

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wesley Daniel likely to return home Thursday

Wesley Daniel, who was injured yesterday in a rehearsal at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is likely to return home Thursday.

Clifton Daniel, Wesley's father, spoke directly with Lyric's deputy general director Drew Landmesser this morning. He told Landmesser that Wesley will likely be home on Thursday, and although he has second degree burns around his mouth, his throat and lungs are fine. Daniel is being treated at Loyola Medical Center.  The effect was approved by the Chicago Fire Department.

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LYRIC OPERA STATEMENT  Feb. 4, 2013

 An actor sustained burns this afternoon at Lyric Opera of Chicago during a dress rehearsal. The actor, Wesley Daniel, was performing a fire-spitting effect while on stilts. He was wearing a flameproof costume and mask. 

 Lyric’s emergency plan was activated immediately. Trained fire guards extinguished minor flames immediately. The fire curtain was lowered. Lyric personnel called 911 and paramedics arrived within minutes. Chicago Fire Department commenced an immediate investigation, then allowed the rehearsal to continue. The actor is being treated at Loyola Hospital. 

The decision was made to remove the fire-spitting effect from performances.

The effect had been approved by the Chicago Fire Department.