Sabel: Coming up at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado |

Sabel: Coming up at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Kris Sabel
Beaver Creel CO, Colorado
AE Kris Sabel 12-28-06 KH

Beaver Creek, Colorado ” On Dec. 2 the Vilar Performing Arts Center presents a special treat for kids of all ages: Cirque Dreams “Jungle Fantasy.”

Not to be confused with Cirque du Soleil, “Jungle Fantasy” is produced by Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions ” a Florida-based company that presents family circus-style shows for theme parks and performing arts centers across the country. This particular production, and its entire cast, recently wrapped up a 12-week run on Broadway, and comes to us intact for this national tour.

Cirque Dreams is a feast for the eyes on so many levels. Everything from the green forest backdrop to the whimsical and colorful costumes (more than 150) oozes childlike wonderment.

Think of the show as a cross between “The Lion King,” Cirque du Soleil and The Chinese Acrobats. Accomplished circus artists from Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Bulgaria and the Pacific islands join with North American performers in impressive trapeze, balancing, tumbling, juggling, acrobatic and contortion acts. Aerialists perform elegant ballets overhead, acrobats defy gravity on a stationary trapeze swing, a grasshopper-like juggler works his magic with rubber balls and giant hoop twirlers electrify. It is truly a sensory journey for the entire audience.

The show is developed to appeal to children, but also boasts the level of athleticism and visual brilliance to entrance adults, making it a perfect family show. As one reviewer said, “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” is a thrilling, delightful, family-friendly (show) that you could feel comfortable bringing your mother-in-law and your preschool children to see without fear of embarrassment. It’s good, clean, breath-taking fun.”

Make sure to mark your calendars for another tremendous early-season show: the Charlie Daniels Band on Dec. 14. The southern and country-infused sound of the Charlie Daniels Band is most clearly recognizable for Daniels’ own fiery fiddle playing, which brought the group to fame. Best known for the runaway hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (which topped the country charts and also scored No. 3 on the pops charts upon release), Daniels has earned a place in the history of Americana roots-rock music, and is truly a legend in his own right.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

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