Cirque du Soleil Brings “Crystal” On Ice to Orlando Florida’s Amway Center
Cirque is known for its innovative, artistic and epic shows! Over 180 million people have seen Cirque shows from “O” and The Beatles “Love” shows in Vegas to traveling shows in 450 cities around the world! Now they have done it again with a brand new show, their first on ice! Combining figure skating, acrobatics, comedy and music, “Crystal” tells the story of a young woman trying to discover who she is, by the power of her pen! This is a show for any age! There are stunts for the kids to marvel at, humor with great comedic timing, juggling and it wouldn’t be Cirque without its swings and poles to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. “Crystal” takes you on a journey of life, from children’s playgrounds to city office workers in suits and briefcases.
The stage changes in the blink of an eye from Crystal’s home to a hockey game with extreme skaters and their tricks! For those who are figure skater fans, this is the show for you! Beautiful, solo and pair skating are a major part of the show. There is a talented, daring cast of 35 skaters and acrobats from the USA, Canada, Russia, Europe, Australia and around the globe.
Cirque is at the top of their game with stage sets and lighting. Graphics and images on the ice add intricate detail to the already well-oiled production numbers. The show travels with 43 people on the road crew and then hires an additional 100 local crew in every city to setup and break down. They came into Orlando two days ahead of show to set up the arena and the large area of wardrobe needed for a show this size. There are many duplicate costumes, wigs, skates and shoes. Not everyone is on skates but special shoes must be produced for performances on the ice. Live musicians and vocalists create the sounds and songs that weave the story together. Beyonce’s “Halo” is one of the popular tunes that is the soundtrack to a breathtaking performance!
“Crystal” will be playing through Sunday with both day and evening performances. The Amway Center is located in downtown Orlando. A great place to get out of the heat and cool off! Bring a sweater if you get cold easily. The best parking is in the Geico garage that has a walking bridge into the arena! There are many restaurants in the area with Church Street Station around the corner! Chill with a fun Cirque du Soleil show!
Photos courtesy of Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography