Winter wonderland at Madison Square Garden lights up

The Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York City is currently hosting the fourth and final season of Cirque du Soleil’s “Wintuk.” The last day to see the show in New York is Jan. 2, 2011.

Cirque du Soleil, is a Canadian entertainment company. Their website describes them as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” They have a number of shows throughout Canada and the U.S., with “Wintuk” being a seasonal offering.

“Wintuk” follows a boy named Jamie and his friends on a quest for snow. When the weather turns cold but snow still does not come, they set out for adventure.

Jamie and his friends are led on their journey by the Shaman, the female narrator who is accompanied by her four giant dogs, which perhaps are the best part of the show.

Jamie interacts with many fun and entertaining characters, each with their own extraordinary talents. The show is filled with acrobatics, jugglers, tightrope walkers, and other astounding talents that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Even though the story can be hard to follow at times, it doesn’t really make a difference. The acrobatics and “circus” aspects of the show are phenomenal, and a magical surprise ending leaves the audience grinning from ear to ear. The show puts you in the mood for the upcoming holidays and even for the cold weather.

The performers are spot on in their acts, some of which leave you wondering how they are even possible. Also, characters like the four giant dogs and gigantic cranes make you forget that they are actually being played by people. The audience gets sucked right into the world of “Wintuk.”

The set adds to the excitement of the show, from ramps that are used for various skating tricks to the thirteen-foot-tall singing lampposts. The colors and backgrounds do a great job of portraying the winter atmosphere.

Be prepared to pay high prices for concessions and souvenirs. A bag of cotton candy comes to $12 simply because there is a jester hat attached to it.

The theater at Madison Square Garden is just a quick train ride into New York and a short walk up a few flights of stairs in Penn Station. The theater is not that large, creating an intimate setting. There really is not a bad seat in the house.

Ticket prices range from anywhere between $40 to $115 depending on what day you go and where your seats are.

Krystyn Lyncheski can be reached at krystyn.lyncheski@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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