Wicomico Civic Center Hosts Cirque Experience
Dec 06, 2012 08:55PM
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“Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the perfect pairing of wondrous acrobatics with the festivities of the holiday season. The international cast, composed of more than 30 costumed artists will balance on thin wire, spin, dance, and soar—all while dressed as our signature holiday favorites including gingerbread men, toy soldiers, and of course, snow men,” says Kristen Conn, director of public relations and marketing for the Wicomico Civic Center. “All of the excitement is set to an original music score with a few seasonal favorites mixed in for good measure.”
Not to be confused with Cirque du Soleil—a Canadian production company—Cirque Dreams has been in operation since 1993 under the direction of founder Neil Goldberg, and is based in a 25,000-square-foot facility in Pompano Beach, Florida. Its Holidaze production is currently in his fourth year of touring—and December will be its first time to grace the Eastern Shore.
“What makes Cirque Dreams Holidays so unique and really different from other holiday or acrobatic shows is the combination of elements,” says Goldberg. “We’re touching on not only the popularity of what we’re seeing in other outlets and on TV, but there’s music, there’s dancing, and amazing costumes. Most 90-minute shows have eight to 10 scenes, we have double that. We literally created a theme that celebrates and pays tribute to the holidays.
“Our goal is to create a visual feast for the eyes, it’s not just about one artist,” continues Goldberg. “It’s a landscape of giant gift boxes, candy canes, Christmas trees…It’s an ensemble show. There are 31 artists in the cast and they collectively wear more than 250 costumes. The artist that you may have seen in Scene One roller skating as a penguin, you won’t recognize in the background of another scene dressed as a snowman dancing across the stage on in the background.”
The show is ultra family-friendly with elements designed to present something for everyone. “The Civic Center hosted Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy in the spring of 2009, which Goldberg also created” says Conn. “We are really looking forward to witnessing his latest creation.”
The show is the first in the Center’s 2012–2013 Broadway in Salisbury season and tickets are on sale now and range from $42 to $72, with an option to purchase and add-on dinner. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Wicomicociviccenter.org or call 410-548-4911.