The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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June 25, 2013

Integration of music: Cirque Musica at Event Center Thursday

ENID, Okla. — Just what is Cirque Musica?

Steve Cook, the show’s producer, described the two-hour production as an integration of great music — from classical to Bruno Mars — and an “all star” circus show. The “grandiose” production would be ideal for both families and couples, Cook said.

Those who come to watch Thursday at Enid Event Center will see aerobatic tricks, motorcycle acts and vocal performances, in combination with “a rollicking, shock-tacular circus experience,” according to a press release. This unique production is the third event to be held in the newly opened event center.

Cook said the quality making Cirque Musica stand out from other productions is that it will be performed to live music, provided by Enid Symphony Orchestra. The “non-stop action” and “non-stop fun” will make the audience laugh and keep them “on the edge of their seat,” Cook said.

One of the youngest performers, Ali Isabella, will be the featured vocalist. The 17-year-old sings two songs written by Broadway star Debbie Gibson just for Cirque Musica. “Be the Music” is the closing performance of the show.

This is Ali’s first week with Cirque Musica. She will continue to tour during the second part of the season in September and October. She just graduated high school this past year, and the production’s tours are the first time she’s really been off on her own, she said.

“It’s like one big family here. I have all these people to look up to,” she said.

Most of her days are spent rehearsing for the next show with the other actors and performers, such as the España family, made famous by their motorcycle feats.

“It’s really interesting” being backstage, Ali said. “You really respect what they’re doing.”

The production features many world-famous circus performers, including David Larible and the Wallenda Highwire Duo. Larible, referred to as the “clown of clowns,” previously was the headliner for Barnum & Bailey and the Ringling Bros. The Duo is a mother-daughter high wire team.

“Give us two hours and they will leave laughing, I guarantee it,” Cook said.

Cirque Musica’s arena tour began last week. Enid is its third stop.

Cirque Musica is showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $27, $41, $47 or $75 and are on sale online at www.enideventcen ter.com, or by phone at (855) TIX-ENID.

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