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Cirque de Soleil- Crystal and more

Happy Sunday. I know I typically don’t post on Sundays, but I didn’t post yesterday so I’m here today instead.

Yesterday we had a fun and busy day. We went to see Cirque de Soleil Crystal. We got the boys these tickets as part of their Christmas present. Over the years we have been to many different Cirque de Soleil shows. Living in Orlando, Richard and I went to La Nuba a often as a date night activity. We did take the boys to see the show once as well. Richard and I have seen 2 or 3 other travel shows as well. We took the boys to one travel show before this one. Over the years we have seen travel shows that we have really liked and others that we not up to our Cirque standards.

When we saw the advertisement for Cirque de Soleil Crystal we were intrigued. Crystal is a Cirque show on ice. Yes, you read that right.. they were on skates. When I read this I started to question if they could get that Cirque vibe on skates. Would they be too limited by what they can and can’t do on ice skates?

Before we purchased the tickets, I did a bit or research on the show and watched the preview videos. One thing that helped was seeing that they got Kurt Browning involved in the planning of the show. I knew the skating would be at a high level when you put an Olympic skater in the mix. I also read that they had both people on skates as well as people wearing shoes to help stabilize them when they were catching the “fliers”

So yesterday we headed into the city of Pittsburgh into the PPG Arena and got ready to watch Crystal. Let me tell you I was sucked in within the first few minutes of the show. It was very different from many Cirque shows in that there was less comedy and almost no makeup. Typical Cirque de Soliel shows have a set of “clowns” who are the between scenes comedy, they had this, but they were a tiny roll in the show. Also typical Cirque show characters are made up until almost indistinguishable, these characters maintained their personal features.

But that was about it for things that made it non-Cirque like. Just like all Cirque shows there was a vague plot that held the acts together into a story. There was so much going on in a given scene that you don’t know where to watch. There was action, there was jumping, tumbling, there was feats that made you hold your breath. But, this was done on skates! There were a few acts that I’ve grown to expect to see at a Cirque de Soleil show, but they had a different flare.

All four of us left with huge smiles on our faces talking about the show. We all enjoyed different pieces of the show and pointed out different parts that another may have missed in watching this or that.

After we left we went and had dinner at a Peppi’s Old Tyme Sandwich Shope. Richard ate there when he was up in Pittsburgh before we moved up this summer. It is known for its cheese steaks subs, so why not! Richard had The New Yorker (cheese steak with bacon, onions and cheese), Blake had a grilled chicken sub with cheese, Colby had a bacon cheese burger sub, and I had a pizza steak. They were really good. We each had a bite of everyone else’s sub (does anyone else do this when you try a new place?) I ended up eating my steak out of the roll with a fork. Don’t get me wrong the sub roll was really good, it was just super messy!

We left our house around 1:30 and got home around 8:15. It was a fun day with lots of laughs. I love days like this where we all step back and just enjoy being together. I have no pictures because I was just living the moment and not trying to capture it. We go back into the city twice in February for two more activities that we got the boys for Christmas. These activities are so worth it for our whole family and are appreciated so much more than a toy.


I enjoy reading your replies to my posts. Keep sharing your thoughts, it helps motivate me to share mine! 

Have you been to see Cirque de Soleil? Which show? What did you do this weekend as a family?


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