OVO Cirque du Soleil, a performance unlike any other!

“How can a show that doesn’t have any “real” spoken words be so awesome?” was the observation made by my husband on the drive home from the most amazing performance ever, OVO Cirque du Soleil.  I almost corrected him, but then I took a moment to reflect on the show and he was totally right! Oh my gosh…there were no real, comprehendible words spoken during the entire performance. And yet, I understood and followed the show effortlessly, and what’s more, so did my husband and kids, how was that possible?  The emotion, tone, visuals, music, and amazing performers provided a cohesive experience that transcended verbal language and spoke directly to the soul.

 

The fluid movement of the performers, the visual effects that literally pulled the audience in with movement, paired with the synchronized lights and sound effects provided such a lifelike experience, for a moment I had to remind myself that those performers were not real insects. However, our 6 year old was totally immersed in the imaginary, so much so that she even yelled out a couple times to the performers in excitement.

And as I looked down the aisle at my tween, 9 year old, & husband each with their eyes opened wide and faces lit up in awe I realized that OVO Cirque du Soleil managed to do something that no other show or performance we have attended as a family has ever done, it fully absorbed each of our attention and that is no easy task!  The narrative of the insects and the mysterious egg pulled us in but it was the agility, fluidity, and beauty illustrated by the acrobats, gymnasts, and performers that kept us on the edge of our seats.

It was so exceptional that a standing ovation didn’t seem qualitative to such an outstanding performance but alas, it was all we had….so we stood and frantically clapped in utter delight. Though I must admit a part of me was a little sad that it was over. The experience was not just beautiful and awe inspiring but it was darn right relaxing and as a mom I appreciate any experience that can arouse a peaceful feeling within. Thankfully there is a soundtrack so I can try to channel that relaxing experience on otherwise crazy and chaotic days.

This is one performance you don’t want to pass up; it literally captivates ALL audience members. So grab your tickets today and be prepared to experience one of the most impressive, relaxing, captivating, awe inspiring performances.

ShowTime’s/dates:

June 1st – 7:30 p.m.

June 2nd – 7:30 p.m.

June 3rd – 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

June 4th – 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Location:

Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Website:

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/ovo/buy-tickets

Box office:

419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone:

1-800-745-3000

 

OVO Cirque du Soleil Family 4-pack Tickets Giveaway

Schools almost out!! Your kiddos have worked so hard all year. They deserve to be rewarded.  Why not take the entire family to an out of this world performance to celebrate the culmination of an awesome school year?  OVO Cirque du Soleil will provide the perfect artistic marriage of wonderment and awe that will leave your family longing for more!Main_Characters (3)

About the show

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

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Details

Show times: May 31st to June 4th, 2017

May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

Jun 1, 2017 Thu 7:30 PM

Jun 2, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 4:00 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 7:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 1:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM

Location: Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount:  https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

Box office: 419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

 

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Giveaway

Family Four-pack Tickets to Opening Night May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

 

To be entered in the giveaway simply:

1-Share this post with friends and family

2-Comment below (on Blog Page) and share what you are going to miss most about this school year.

Winner randomly selected May 26th @11:59pm and posted on Blog and Facebook page

Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day (Includes-$10 off- link in post)

Flowers die, chocolates often have to be shared with the kids and disappear in minutes, but memories last a lifetime! Give the special mom in your life the gift of an experience to treasure forever this Mother’s Day with tickets to OVO Cirque du Soleil!!

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I know what you’re thinking; the price is a little steep. But this is OVO Cirque du Soleil; this is the kind of amazing show people travel to big cities to see! And how fortunate are we that it came to us; it came to Toledo, Ohio. Thus saving us the airfare and hotel stay. And for all you moms out there who may be wishing for some time away from the family (no shame) this would make the perfect Moms Night Out! Grab dinner and/or drinks before or after the show and make an evening of it! Trust me ladies, this is one performance you do not want to pass up!

About the show

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.Main_Characters (3)

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Original Filename: 9O6A0334.CR2

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Original Filename: 9O6A0637.CR2

Details

Show times: May 31st to June 4th, 2017

May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

Jun 1, 2017 Thu 7:30 PM

Jun 2, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 4:00 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 7:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 1:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM

Location: Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount: This is no ordinary day…this is Mother’s Day! Enjoy $10 off and treat an extraordinary woman to the gift of amazing moments with family or friends. Link: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

 

Box office: 419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount: This is no ordinary day…this is Mother’s Day! Enjoy $10 off and treat an extraordinary woman to the gift of amazing moments with family or friends. Just click on the link below for your special discount! Link: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

Now the only decision left to make is who you (mom) wants to spend this awesome experience with….munchkins, Moms Night Out, or Date Night, decisions…decisions?

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes God opens a window and door!

Last week our house was filled with excitement to see the Eric Carle’s Treasured Stories by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia on Thursday.  Our eldest was going on a field trip with her class to see the presentation while our son and daughter would be going with me to see the performance thanks to tickets given to them by their loving Nana for Christmas (experiences truly make the best gifts).

So to prepare for the performance the kiddos got out all their Eric Carle books and stuffed animals affiliated with those books and read books in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

They also made their very own Little Hungry Caterpillars’ out of an egg container, pipe cleaners, and paint. Our daughter was so excited that she took her’s to school to show her teacher and friends. We also enjoyed edible Hungry Caterpillars.

 

So the day finally arrives and I had everything ready to go. We dropped off our eldest at school with her booster seat (parents drove but not me since I had the younger two, I was disappointed that I couldn’t chaperon but I understood the logic).  After dropping her off at school we headed to the performance.

It was originally supposed to be at Lourdes College but the venue changed to the Valentine Theatre which is gorgeous.  So we arrive at the parking lot across the street with plenty of time to spare (45 minutes to be exact).  The funny thing is at this moment, when I am pulling into the parking lot I am worried about how I am going to kill time until the performance, boy, if I only knew.

So, I roll down my window to retrieve the parking ticket from the attendant and then drive to a parking spot. Once in my spot I go to close the window and to my surprise it will not close.  So, like any other women would do I sit there and press the button a few times (because maybe by the tenth time it will just start working?), still nothing.  Then I look to see if there is an object stuck in the window jam. I see a small gum wrapper but I am not sure if it would be causing such an issue and besides, I couldn’t reach it.  So I called my hubby for help and moral support because by now my preschooler is getting impatient and my toddler was impatient before we left the house (HELLO, did I mention she is a toddler?).  But he didn’t answer his phone so; again like many women do I figured I would try to call him again, mind you I literally just hung up the phone on his voice mail.  After calling him three times in two minutes I came to the conclusion that he was not available. What to do? Call Dad. And I did. He answered! My hero! But he was not near by (he works near the theatre so I thought he could make everything better somehow?).  He did suggest putting something in the window but I had nothing.  I did not want to leave my window wide open in a parking lot in the middle of Downtown Toledo unattended (I am not saying that crime is really bad but when you leave a window wide open in the middle of January aren’t you just asking for trouble?). Not to mention, it was raining. So I told my kiddos the unfortunate news.  And my preschooler began to cry and I was a second away from crying myself, oh, and the Toddler had already been crying for a good ten minutes (I think she just became background noise after five minutes, don’t judge, I was a little preoccupied with trying to save the day). in-between sobs my preschool said “mommy, can we pray for the window to close, please?”  My heart melted. Sure, I told him and we did but nothing, the window still did not budge.

So I pulled up to the same attendant who greeted us a half hour ago and handed her our ticket and explained the situation.  Then she said something that totally caught me off guard, she said that she would simply move her car and I could park where her car was and she would watch my vehicle during the performance.  WOW! I thought in my head what an amazing woman, how kind of her.  I thanked her, pulled into her spot and got the kiddos out (as well as my registration info and any other info with my personal id numbers. Hey, I am trusting but I am not a fool).

We get inside with ten minutes to spare. As we were walking in we ran into a mom and her boys who attend the same preschool as our son, crazy, right? It wasn’t planned at all and we were both running a little behind so we quickly went to be seated and asked to sit together if possible.  Well, they did not have enough seats all together on the main level so they said they would escort us up to the box seats.  Once upstairs the view was breathtaking. The Valentine is gorgeous, there is a huge chandelier in the center of the ceiling, velvet and gold as far as the eye can see and exudes pure elegance. So there we sat, quickly scanning the room to locate my eldest and her class. We spotted her way up in the center balcony seating.  Part of me wanted to go get her and have her see the performance from our awesome view but I resisted.

 

Even the stairs are gorgeous, every view is amazing.

 

The performance was amazing. They did three of Eric Carle’s stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia present the stories as puppets with the creative use of black light it really captivates the audience (and by audience I mean 3-6 year olds and chaperons) attention.

After the performance we headed to our vehicle.  I bucked the kiddos in, looked around and found that everything was exactly where I had left it, the stroller, car seats, booster seat, etc. and then opened the driver’s side and made myself nice and cozy in the puddle that had accumulated on seat.  A wet, cold butt was a small price to pay for the joy I had just experienced with my children.

Though, it was rather amusing trying to get out of the parking lot.  Every car I passed thought I wanted to say something. I mean, after all why else would my driver’s side window be down in the rain?  So I had a brief conversation with my daughter’s teacher and then kept the conversations with stranger short and simple by exclaiming “Great performance, huh?”. 

Thankfully I only had to drive around with my window down in the middle of January for one day.  The fresh air and rain was a great pick me up, I didn’t even require my usual afternoon caffeine thanks to the cold, wet rain against my face during afternoon pickup and dance drop off. My hubby had it fixed the next day. 

Granted there was nothing better than dropping the kiddos of the following day and being able to open and close my window, it felt like $350 (yes that is how much it cost to be able to open and close a window).  There is a price for everything these days but true happiness, now that is priceless.

The saying is, When God closes a door, he somewhere opens a window. Well, in this case God opened the door to opportunity and fun and left the window open too!

Special thanks to Nana for getting us the tickets to the performance, also to the kind parking attendant who watched our vehicle, and my hubby for getting the window to operate again.