Monday, July 31, 2006

the road to the sun

Saturday was a day of theatrix, starting with a very creative and well-executed homegrown version of the Wizard of Oz by a nearby homeschooling group...

and ending with Delirium, an out-of-this-world performance by Cirque du Soleil. Clicking the first of these links will give you the option of watching a video preview of the show, but it doesn't even begin to capture what it's like to see it live. We ran into many folks we knew on the way in and there was much excitement in the air, but then they bring the lights down and the magic begins. It is overwhelming and astounding and mystifying and...just amazing. When we saw our first Cirque show, it was while my dad was sick, when my extended family took a trip to Las Vegas. I know, I know, last place on earth you'd think I'd enjoy, especially with a little guy and a toddler in tow, but really, it was cool. We all splurged on tix for a show, having heard good things about Cirque du Soleil, but still skeptical that it would really be all it was cracked up to be. Well, they showed us a thing or two! Not only did my chemo-bald dad on a scooter get to become part of the pre-show entertainment (being the natural clown that he was, this was perfect), but the performers did things in that show that human beings Just Can't Do!

After the show, we couldn't stop talking about what we had seen. First thing the next morning, we still couldn't stop talking about it. And then we picked up the phone and ordered tix for another show, the very next night, and were blown away even more. I mean, that time they did all the impossible stuff IN OR UNDER WATER! Wowza.

Since then, we've been waiting for the kids to be old enough that they'd remember this kind of event. They finally are and were mesmerized and impressed. Even Jesse. (Those of you who know him will understand the significance of this statement.)

And once again they have us under their spell and hungry for more. hmmm...there's a show coming to Boston in September... Posted by Picasa


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