I wasn’t quite ready to let go of Christmas this year, so I was elated when one of my friends gifted me with an experience instead of a packaged gift.
She had gotten us amazing seats to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Atwood Concert Hall the Saturday after Christmas. I was reminded again that experiences are far more meaningful than most things you can buy at a store. Memories endure much longer than stuff- and this memory did not disappoint.
As my friend and I walked into the lobby of the concert hall, we felt the buzzing excitement of both children and adults- all eager to witness the show. Entering the chaos, I am always grateful for electronic tickets on my smartphone. Not having to fumble for a paper ticket makes the process much quicker. Also, I’ve found that preordering drinks and snacks online before a show is an excellent service. Waiting in a long line during intermission when you only have 20 minutes tends to give me anxiety. I’m glad to avoid it!
From the second the curtains opened, and the first music notes started, no one was tempted with boredom for the rest of the night. There was always so much to see! The starring performer, the creative and colorful sets, the background performers, and the moving props- all of it was a constant delight for the senses.
This was a variety show that did not leave you yawning.
Each performer put forth so much effort and energy into their display of talent. There was something for everyone to enjoy: contortionists, jugglers, roller skating acrobats, aerial artists, and resonant crooners delighted the audience. It’s hard for me to choose one act to claim as my favorite, but I think I was most impressed and baffled by the masters of quick costume change. Within only a second or two, these magicians went from one costume to the next; different colors, different lengths of dress, and different styles proved that this was not merely an illusion. I am STILL in awe at this sorcery!
My small group and all of the theatergoers around us were in a constant state of laughter, bedazzlement, and wonder throughout the entire evening. Each act was just as wondrous as the one before it, and I wasn’t ready for the curtain to close when it finally did. At night’s end, I felt fortunate to have been able to enjoy such a glittery, mesmerizing evening. What a gift!
The Anchorage Concert Association once more knocked it out of the park with a spectacular show to enchant the senses. I think next year I will get a subscription. I don’t really want to miss many of the upcoming shows.