When the Cat’s Away, Cirque du Soleil: O Will Splash You Away!

In the summertime, many of us Bobcats enjoy spending our time with family, pursuing our hobbies, or sleeping. Many of us like to travel in this time off to some amazing places, Las Vegas being one of the more popular destinations.

It’s easy to think Vegas has it all: fun for family and friends, sights to see, and delectable cuisine. While there are a variety of fun, family friendly activities for all ages during the day in Vegas, the nightlife isn’t for everyone. For those seeking an alternative to the gambling, clubs, and drinking, Cirque du Soleil offers an exciting and inviting experience.

Cirque du Soleil, known for its traveling performances, has on many occasions graced the stages of the world’s largest entertainment capitals such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Canadian franchise is known for its circus-like entertainment, mostly focusing on eye-capturing acrobatics, vibrant stage design and  beautiful costumes, spine-tingling contortion acts, and mesmerizingly beautiful live music. Each show is unique in its own respect with its own settings and stories for audiences of all ages, all with one goal in mind: to amaze!

Cirque Du Soleil: O, currently being performed in Vegas, is a surreal show, filled with a wide variety of acts that will leave you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Each act will leave you star struck, amazed, and worried.

The show begins with two clowns, one in a sailor outfit and the other in a nightgown, fighting over a large inflated life preserver. Right afterwards, another clown, a French guard with a powdered wig, and a ballerina in a dirt-stained white ballet dress enter from the rear of the auditorium. The lights dim as an aerialist drops from the center of the venue, right above the audience. It’s hard to keep an eye on everything as the show goes on and the excitement builds.

Once The curtain at the back of the stage raises, revealing a large pond with luminescent teal-colored water that reflects the sky blue ceiling and contrasts the otherwise red auditorium. The theme was reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, but clearly was inspired by French aesthetics. Overall, it was like watching a French version of Alice in Wonderland come to life.

While some Cirque du Soleil shows attempt to tell a story, O in particular attempts to capture the audience with surrealism and sensational theatrics. You can see the beautiful and intricate props, enjoy the entrancing music, and if you’re in the front you may even feel the water splash you!

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Anjeliko Garcia

Staff Writer


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