I had a wonderful birthday gift from my brother-in-law and sis this year...tickets to Alegria for us and the two oldest boys. The show came to Kelowna which is a short drive from where we live.
The first time I saw Alegria was years ago in Vancouver. It was the best surprise my hubbie has ever given me. I was working at the Farmer's Market in Whistler with little Noah and Liam as a baby in the stroller with me at my booth selling glassware. All of a sudden my parents strolled by...a strange thing as they lived six hours away. Then hubbie came and told me we were leaving and my parents took care of my table and the boys for the rest of the afternoon and overnight.
The Opus hotel was brand new in Yaletown and hubbie took me there, it was a fantastic boutique hotel, then we went out to eat and strolled around until we saw the big white tent...the grand Chapiteau, and I was thrilled. I had always wanted to see a Cirque Du Soleil show. We had special Tapis Rouge tickets which allowed us to meet performers, visit a special lounge with drinks, appies and gifts. The show was better than I dreamed and hubbie got pulled up on stage for part of it and danced with the main singer which was hilarious. It was a fantastic night I'll always remember so it was a great gift to be able to bring the boys to the same show now that they are older.
Since then we have also seen Quidam, which was good but a bit dark and Varekai, which we took the boys to in Vancouver. That was a fun show too but Alegria is still my favorite so far and we listen to the soundtrack often in the car. Alegria is a baroque ode to the energy, grace and power of youth.
If you have a Cirque Du Soleil show coming to a place near you they are well worth seeing. We have found in the past that the afternoon seats are cheaper if you are taking kidlets, and really there aren't any bad seats in the house, each veiw is unique and wonderful.
It's a grey day out and the boys and I are laying low at home...catching up with the time change still and fighting off some colds that are brewing. It's hard to believe there are only seven or so days left for summer holidays then back to school. We are contemplating a little getaway somewhere close to home for last little summer whoo ha, I guess it will depend on how motivated we get. Wish I could bottle the energy of Alegria some days...I could use a boost of youthful energy, and some circus abs.
Lying on the couch with magazines and tea and boys in boxers playing Star Wars and eating hoardes of Babybell cheese isn't all that bad either...sometimes it's fun to be a slug and ignore all the chores that surround me.