Congrats to Amy G. who won the 4-pack of Cirque de Soleil tickets! Amy, check your inbox for a note from me.
I used Random.org to select a winner from the 1,101 entries.
Then I found entry # 528 which belongs to Amy G. Congratulations!
Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna is in Minneapolis and you’ve got a chance to win four free tickets to the Thursday, October 17 performance at 8pm (and yes, that is my birthday for those who thought the date rang a bell for some reason). I saw it last week and share my Cirque de Soleil Amaluna review before giving you a chance to win your own 4-pack. (If you don’t win, you can buy tickets on Amaluna’s website)
Cirque de Soleil Amaluna Review
Until last week I’d never been to a Cirque de Soleil show, but I’d always longed to go. Cirque de Soleil gave me four complimentary tickets to see Amaluna myself so I could tell you about my experience and you a chance to win your own 4-pack (thanks, Cirque for the tickets!). Overall, my husband, my dad, my stepmom and I all really liked the show.
Amaluna is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which I should have read prior to seeing the show so I would have been able to follow the plot. Since I was clueless about The Tempest it seemed to m that they used a shallow plot to tie together some very impressive acts. On the other hand, my stepmom, who knows the ins and outs of Shakespeare’s work found the storyline and acts to be beautifully intertwined. (Here’s The Tempest’s entry in Wikipedia if you’re like me and need a cheat sheet.)
Storyline aside, the acts were outstanding. Some cannot be described in words as they involve an intriguing blend of balancing, acrobatics and flexibility; when I say “flexibility” I’m really meaning borderline human contortion, yet choreographed beautifully and executed gracefully.
In addition to the athletic feats you’ll witness, the show is full of loud, live music performed by an all-female band. I love loud music, and it must be hereditary as my dad commented, “the music alone would have been worth coming to hear.”
If you’re considering Amaluna as a family outing, I’d skip bringing young kids. My girls, ages 4 and 6, would have been scared at various points (granted, they think certain Lassie episodes are scary). Particularly, they would have been startled at climactic moments when the entire big top venue goes pitch black.
Speaking of the venue, the portable big top is intimate with everyone having a birds eye view of the stage. The stage itself rotates during some of the acts so the entire audience can see the act from every angle.
If you don’t eat before you get there, expect to pay something like $7 for a box of popcorn.
The best way to get a real feel for the show’s vibe is to watch this short trailer.
Amaluna Ticket Giveaway
Complete the official entry form below or located here, if you can’t see it within the blog post. [NOTE: You must complete the entry form to enter the contest; emails to me or comments left on this blog post do not count as valid entries.]
This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. Each person can enter one time; those with multiple entries will be disqualified. Entries must be received via the official entry form on or before 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to be eligible; entries received any other way or outside that time parameter do not qualify.
Winners will be notified via email to the email address provided in the entry form. We are not responsible for mis-typed addresses or email lost in transit. Notification will come from carrie [at] pocket your dollars [dot] com; be sure to allow this address through your spam filter. Winners must respond within 24 hours of notification email to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be selected.
One winner will each (4) Amaluna tickets to the Thursday, October 17 8pm performance in the north parking lot of the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.
Cirque de Soleil provided me with four free tickets for my own personal use for hosting this giveaway. They also allowed us to participate in a Q&A session with two of the show’s athletes. All opinions in the post are mine.