Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Fresno
Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM
● By Kimberly Horg
Story by Kimberly Horg
Photo courtesy of Cirque Dreams
Flipping gingerbread men, spinning penguins, caroling puppets, snowmen, icemen and reindeer flying above – this might be a dream come true for Christmas enthusiasts.
On Dec.19 and 20, residents can witness for the first time in the Central Valley the Broadway Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre. The circus-themed holiday stage spectacular features ornaments, costumes and acrobatics that celebrate holiday traditions. It spotlights more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from around the world.
Beyond the flipping gingerbread, toy soldiers march on thin wires while the snowmen balance. The audience can also partake in the spectacle of icemen sculpting as well as caroling puppets, while familiar Christmas music warms the heart.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a critically acclaimed holiday extravaganza. The Washington Post says not to miss the international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center.” “Charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload,” says the New York Daily News. It is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil,” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face,” proclaims the Erie Times News.
Director Neil Goldberg hired an international cast of more than 30 multi-talented artists. The unique costumes help bring the characters to life while they perform astonishing feats.
The show has an original music score with seasonal favorites, and the set includes enormous holiday gifts, colossal-size candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers set high above the audience to capture the magnitude of the holidays.
One might imagine that it takes the staff a long time to set the stage for an event like this, but Amy Jennings, marketing manager for Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center/SMG says otherwise. “The show moves rapidly along with backdrops and scene changes, just like a Broadway show.”
People of all ages can explore the magic of the season in the circus-like holiday stage spectacular. The show is two hours long and refreshments in the lobby include popcorn and a full bar.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at Selland Arena, 700 M St. in Fresno Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm.