When I was young, I loved live theatre. I loved watching it, but I REALLY loved participating in it. From 4th-8th grade, I was in our school’s drama club. I did everything from playing the head angel in Jesus’ birth at my church to the (ahem, glamourous) jester in the Emperor’s New Clothes (which BTW the founder of Mars Vida also appeared in AT THE SAME SCHOOL AS ME! I need to find photos ASAP!)
As we walked into the Cirque du Solei’s Big Tent for Amaluna at National Harbor, I felt that nostalgic happiness I felt before a show. Cast members hurrying around, the lights dining and finally - show time.
The show starts out as a quirky lizard-animal (and many other characters) interact with audience members, stealing their popcorn and throwing it at gleefully screaming children. Although I’m not sure how I’d feel if one of them stole MY POPCORN, it was highly entertaining watching them devour someone else’s.
What followed were aerial acrobatics, balancing acts, gymnastic marvels (by ex NCAA gymnasts - ya, they were that good) and my personal favorite, a little water dance in a pool onstage. It was a beautiful showcase of girl power, as the show is based on a mythical goddess who is celebrating her coming-of-age ceremony. Of course, she falls hopelessly in love with a handsome sailor who was washed aboard her island, but not before demonstrating her strength and women powers to all who watched in awe. I was on the edge of my seat (mouth wide open, mind you) the entire show, completely mesmerized. And the live music with the killer all-girl band? I’d go back just to hear them again.
I don’t want to give too much away, but SPOILER ALERT: It’s really good. And I mean GOOOOD (check out the preview video!) Plus, I can’t say I hate the 70% female cast they employed for Amaluna (#girlpower) to honor the work and voices of women everywhere.
Tickets are also already selling out for the show, so I’d recommend getting them soon if you want to see the magic for yourself. Their last performance is September 21, and tickets range from $50-$150 so get them while you can!
Because we loved the show SO MUCH, Capitally Frugal and I are giving away 4 TICKETS to see the show on August 28 at 8 PM! Contest ends on August 21. Enter below to win and good luck!
Julien received complimentary tickets to enjoy the show, but as always, all opinions are her own.