Earlier this week we had the opportunity to get an advance peek at the new Six Flags’ extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Splashtastic. Such a grandiose title sets up expectations: We were no exception to that rule, wondering how homo sapien feats could successfully blend with the feats of dolphins. We also wondered how a theatrical theme could translate successfully to the cavernous environment of the Dolphin Harbor Theater.
Engaging the audience in new ways
But translates it does…and quite well at that. In fact Cirque Dreams’ impresario Neil Goldberg, on hand to bless this pre-launch performance, said that when he initially saw the shape of the Theater he was excited with its potential to engage the audience in ways that had not yet been introduced at Six Flags.
To maximize just what he is talking about, try to get a seat that is about mid-way between the splash zone and the highest tier. We don’t want to give too much away at this point. Just know that you will be in the optimum position to immerse yourself in this show (Note: You won’t need a wetsuit or a towel!!).
A departure in the best sense
Cirque is really of a different order from the Six Flags’ standard repertoire. If you visualize trainers in colorful spandex wet suits giving coded instructions to the dolphins, you won’t be disappointed. However the focal point is an integrated sound, shape and color experience that really defies description. Goldberg uses the dimensions of this theater in ways that pull the audience together (Again, don’t want to telegraph too much of the show!).
Like acrobats and aerialists?…You are in for a treat. Like amazing costumes and engaging performers? Then this is the show for you. In spades.
Remember the part about managing expectations? We would have liked to see more dolphin action. But Cirque does a very good job of integrating them into the experience.
YouTube already contains some good footage of this show’s pre-opening performance. We particularly liked the one that takes you backstage to see a glimmer of what it takes to pull it off and have embedded it within this posting.
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic opens Memorial Day Weekend, on Saturday May 25th, with three shows per day. Otherwise, there will be two shows daily until August 11, 2013. (All performances are during daylight hours). The show is included in the price of general admission.
Consult Six Flags -Vallejo website for the most up-to-date schedule
Next time: We take you behind-the-scenes for an up-close look at the extraordinary costumes that the talented cast of acrobats and aerialists wear in Cirque Dreams Splashtastic. You’ll also meet Neil Goldberg, the founder and creative genius of the Cirque Dreams brand who shares, in our exclusive video interview, the unique challenges he and his team face when mounting a show of such demanding proportions.
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