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This was the 4th ‘Cirque du Soleil‘ we have seen (on stage). The others having been ‘Mystere‘ (in Vegas in 2012), ‘Dralion‘ also in 2012 in Manchester, and ‘Varekai‘ in 2014, again in Manchester. We like ‘Cirque du Soleil’ shows (despite the costs) — they are quite the experience.
‘Ovo’ had 5 BEYOND incredible, only possible with ‘Cirque du Soleil’, acts.
They were the: synchronized juggling by the ‘Amazing Ants’, trapeze without the swings, tightrope HAND WALKING, the mindbogglingly CUTE ‘slinky’ and a mesmerizing Diabolo Chinese spinning-top Yo-Yo juggling routine. These were, as they were probably meant to be, WORLD CLASS.
The synchronized juggling made the recent synchronized swimming at the Rio Olympics look childish!
These 5 acts just took the show over the top.
There were other great acts too — like the now copied by others — walking the vertical wall act.
The acrobatics, as ever, were in a class of their own and the music, again, as ever, was superb. Yes, we bought the CD (and the Program (as we invariably do). They don’t sell DVDs.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Also incredible that the arena, at best, was only 1/2 full. Yes, we went to what is always the least attended of the shows. That is why we go. Easier to get good tickets and we had outstanding seats. Basically the same ones we get each year to see “Barnum and Bailey” — but these costs 4.5x times more! But am not complaining. And neither was Deanna who often complains that I pay too much for tickets. She loved the show. But I think ‘Cirque du Soleil’ is too expensive and too ‘fancy’ for the New Hampshire crowd. Just worry that they will stop coming to Manchester. That would be a shame.
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by Anura Guruge
Any day at ‘Story Land‘ (providing it is not pelting down with rain), as is the case with the Laconia Multicultural Day, is a good day by definition, though the caveat is a bit redundant since ‘they’ really do try hard to make one’s visit to Glen fulfilling and rewarding. Kids love it. “Story Land” and “Clark’s Trading Post” are my perennial favorite amusement spots in N.H. (albeit I preferring the latter by a tad because I love the bears, like the train and enjoyed the Segways the last time I was there, though I did not thoroughly trust them not to deposit me, unceremoniously, on my face). But, given a choice, with Devanee at a 12-night camp, Teischan, as we expected, plumped for ‘Story Land’. She has been a few times and remembers that she liked the overall experience. We did go to “Santa’s Village” in 2011 — but that was a hike. Really felt like you were driving to the North Pole. Story Land, 65 miles from home, is just right.
Talking of ‘just right’ today was a Goldilocks’ day: the weather was just right as were the crowds. Right smack bang in the middle.
We try to go to Story Land at least every other year but it is possible that we haven’t been as of 2010 — with the 2011 diversion to Santa’s Village.
A few new things in particular: Splash Battle, the re-done Loopylab & Imagination Theatre. But, the catchy French adage, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) really applies in vengeance to Story Land — and that is NOT a bad thing; it is really part of its abiding magic. Deanna used to go to Story Land as a child with her Dad. Given the 17-year age span of my kids, I have been taking kids to Story Land since the 1990s. So we have mental images of Story Land and in reality it maintains a reassuring continuity despite the gallant efforts to reinvigorate. They try and for that they do deserve kudos.
The Pharaoh’s Reign ‘Splash Battle’ is essentially their ever popular Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride on steroids. Now you really do get soaked. But now they have Fully Body dryers. I want one for the house. If it accepted credit cards I would have used multiple times and being who I am invited others to join us in getting dry.
The revamped Loopylab is ball pit with semi-rigid foam balls — without the pit. It is a load of fun. I stood around catching balls coming my way. It was just like fielding practice — the only thing being that you couldn’t move too much because there were kids underfoot. I think they should bring the Sri Lanka cricket team over here to practice their catching with these balls. Might help.
The Hanneford Circus (which has nothing to do with the Hannaford Supermarkets, though I didn’t spot the difference in spelling) had three world-class acts — two done by the same, amazing, and I mean amazing young man — who may be from Argentina (as is the pope). I will do a separate post on the circus. It was beyond impressive.
If you haven’t been to Story Land of late give yourself a treat, get up there this year. You will have a ball and get soaked.
.by Anura Guruge
>> My Humor: “Climax Plug” Chewing Tobacco …
>>— Dec. 27, 2012.
My father sent this to me.
So, I knew, even before I clicked on it that it would not be risque. Not my father’s style. It is clever, but to me it comes across as a bit to …
I hope this is not in Las Vegas. I trust that Vegas won’t permit such an act. They need at least one female. Equal opportunity and all of that. Now that I think about it, I am not sure whether I have ever seen any HEADLINE female juggling acts (involving pins and other props rather than parts of their anatomy), though I can’t think of any reason why women can’t juggle with the best of men. I guess I just haven’t seen them. OK, I am beginning to think that they might have some physical encumbrances that could get in the way, but I am sure they can get around that, or find different builds. So, I am hoping that soon I can post another video, but this time with at least one female.