Have you heard about the Cirque du Soleil production, Luzia, at Marymoor Park in Redmond?
If you’ve been wondering about taking the kids to Luzia while it plays in Seattle, we’ve got a review for you. Short version: If you’ve got one splurge in the family budget this year, this should be it!
The show is billed as an, “Acrobatic waking dream of Mexico,” and from the moment the show begins the costumes, sets, and special effects transport you into a beautiful dream world.
There are acrobatic acts, jugglers, a contortionist, and several sequences that you really have to see to believe. Yes, they make it rain on stage!
Performances are under a real life big top. When you arrive you get to mingle with costumed performers, which adds to the magic. Inside the tent there are souvenirs and snacks for purchase, and yes, you can take them into the show. It’s a lively, carnival like atmosphere.
We didn’t take our children (shhhh…..) but there were families all around us, and every child I saw was utterly mesmerized.
You will have to go to Redmond for this production, but this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime spectacles that’s definitely worth the trip. Seating is auditorium style, and I didn’t think there was a bad seat in the house, even if you were in back. There are some poles used to hold up the structure, but they have them in the aisles, and the action of the show is centerstage. The only consideration is whether your kiddos will be able to see over adults’ heads, but there are boosters available.
Tickets are not a bargain, but if you have one splurge in your budget this year, this would be the one to do! Maybe you have a budding gymnast or performer who would rather see this than have an expensive birthday party you don’t really want to deal with? Think about it…..
Know Before You Go
- Do allow a bit of extra time as the parking lot is a short walk from the venue. Parking costs 15.00, and while that’s a little steep, it was very well organized, and we got in and out easy-peasy.
- There are porta potties by the parking lot, a park bathroom before you enter, and nicer, temporary bathrooms near the big top once you’re inside.
- The total run time with intermission is 2 hours. I saw kids of all ages enjoying the show, but keep in mind your child’s attention span (and bedtime).
- It is dark, and there are costumed characters, bright lights, and lots of noises. If your child has sensory issues this may not be the event for him.
- The big top is climate controlled and very comfortable.
- Most of the women I saw were in cute jeans with dressy tops. I went with a dress and leggings combo, and I was happy and comfy with that choice!
- During the show we attended one of the performers had a hard landing. She is fine and didn’t require hospitalization. They did take her off stage on a back brace as a precaution, which was scary for everyone. I think this is very unlikely to happen again, but if it does assure your children that they do lots of practicing and take good care of all their artists.
You can get more information about the show and tickets here. It runs through May 21st.
Top photos supplied by/used with permission of Cirque du Soleil. We received media tickets for review purposes; all opinions are my own.