I sent my contributor Carla Molina to the Cirque Eloize show at Foxwoods. Show tickets and dinner at Red Lantern were provided in exchange for this review. All opinions are her own and were not swayed by outside sources.
Carla Molina is a Jersey girl gone New England who loves a good story. A single mom of two daughters, you can find Carla writing from the heart at All of Me Now. When not writing, she’s either at the library, shuffling kids from one activity to the next, or dreaming about the beach. She’s currently working on writing a children’s book and developing a project to give voice to the stories of single moms.
Want to connect to your inner child? Forget adult coloring books; go take in Cirque Eloize! My daughters and I sat through the entire show in a state of amazement, eyes wide and jaws dropped. I was excited to see how exactly they were going to present an urban, hip-hop, Cirque interpretation of West Side Story. I’m happy to report, they nailed it!
The show is filled with a unique mix of artistic, athletic and acrobatic feats – break dancing, in-line skating, juggling, hand balancing, cyr wheeling, bicycling, jump roping, contortionists, and trampowalling, to name a few. Each artist builds their act to the perfect climax, leading you to the edge of your seat and leaving you breathless. It’s truly amazing what the human body can do when you train hard and have fun. I walked away thinking, “Who needs Crossfit? Find me a Cirque class!”
What I loved most is it’s a family show. Kids of all ages will walk away marveling at what they’ve witnessed. Whenever I take my daughters to a live performance, I love to watch their expressions. I remember being dazzled as a child by many a show; it thrills me to be able to give my girls the same sense of wonder. During Cirque Eloize, it was adorable to watch my girls smile to themselves, fidget in their seats as the excitement was building, hold their breath as one young man climbed to incredible heights to balance on a tower of chairs, and clap with pure joy at the end of each act.
If you’re going with younger kids, a matinee might be just your speed. Matinee shows run Wednesday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Got night owls on your hands? Then check out the evening performances at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on the night.
- You can purchase tickets here.
We enjoyed dinner at Red Lantern which was perfect for me and my girls who can be pretty picky when it comes to dining out. They chowed down on lo mein and a few sushi rolls plus some incredible banana bread and chocolate lava pastries for dessert. If you’re going sans kids, you might want to consider the preset menus at several of the Foxwoods restaurants which will get you in and out in time to catch your show. See the menus here.
And if you’re going all out, maybe a romantic date or a girls’ night out, definitely check out the Cirque Eloize hotel package available on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The package includes two tickets to the show plus an exclusive hotel rate which is a bargain on their regular rates.
I’m so glad we got to experience Cirque Eloize. It made for an incredible day! Not only did we get to enjoy a spectacular show and delicious dinner, we also took in the new Tanger Outlets and the other stores throughout the casino. Be sure to stop by the candy shops; they were a hit with my girls! Some mega-sized Smarties were the perfect way to end the night before packing it up and hitting the road. Many people might not consider going to a casino to be a family outing but my girls and I had a wonderful time exploring. With a terrific show like Cirque Eloize playing, it’s a great excuse to plan a visit to Foxwoods.
Hope you enjoy the show!
Thank you Carla for giving us this amazing sneak peek inside Cirque Eloize!