For my birthday, Scott camped out to get $15 tickets to Cirque du Soleil from the OSU Student Union. Culture and a cheap price? Boy he knows me well. 🙂
Cirque is a bit of a (fabulous) tradition in my family, and I’ve seen 3 traveling shows as they came to my hometown and also “O” at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Scott had never been, but he’d seen a show on t.v.
We set off for the convention center with Cirque’s Allegria cd playing in our car to get us in the proper mood. Then, we pulled into the parking lot of the convention center, saw what they were charging for event parking, and promptly left. We drove under a freeway overpass, around a corner, and found a nice place to park our car for free.
Scott is such a trooper, he made the walk back to the “le grand chapiteau” much fun. It wasn’t the most scenic walk…
But we did discover something we need to do this summer…
The walk really started to get exciting when we could peek into the grounds and see the cool tent..
Then of course, there was the leaning tower of… telephone pole.
Are we there yet?
We sauntered right in the car entrance, saw lots of behind-the-scenes stuff as we looked for the entrance, and got a quick picture before entering the NO CAMERA ZONE.
During the show, of course, there are burly security guards patrolling to make sure no-one takes pictures. I took one anyway because I’m a rebel like that.
You can’t tell from the picture, but the ambiance was amazing and the show was just mesmerizing. Everything from the music to the costumes and athletically astounding performances… we were truly blown away. Scott quickly decided it’s a new Bean tradition. 🙂
Here’s the consolation price: the burly security guards assure everyone at intermission that there is a great picture taking spot OUTSIDE the tent, with the Cirque logo and everything.
Anyway, I did get a cool shot of one of the tents while we waited for the second act to begin:
In summary, if you have the chance, go see Cirque. Each show I’ve seen has been different and fantastic in its own right. We had a marvelous evening!
Oh, and after the show, we walked through the staging area (and under the overpass and around the corner) to get to our car, and we saw lots of the performers walking to the cars on their way home. Scott said “good job” to the first few, but nobody spoke any english, so we reverted to smiles and thumbs-ups. 🙂