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    Stars of Cirque Dreams Holidaze Find Holiday Magic in SF

    cdh_logo_on_whiteCirque Dreams Holidaze is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil,” according to the New York Daily News. We are inclined to agree, especially knowing that many of the performers are LGBT and have never been in San Francisco before.

    Imagine gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. Director Neil Goldberg and his talented cast achieve all of that and more during the action-packed production that will have you forgetting December’s cold and stresses while you and your guests rediscover the magic of the season.

    Here, Neil shares some thoughts about the show, which will soon be at the Curran Theater:

    BT: For those who haven’t seen Cirque Dreams Holidaze before, what’s in store for them?

    NG: Audiences will see, hear and experience more than they ever imagined. The show is part Broadway musical, part cirque and part holiday stage spectacular, making it a one of a kind holiday experience.

    BT: What’s new in this year’s production?

    NG: This year’s production has over 300 costumes, 30 performers and 20 acts. It is our largest production to date. There is not another show in the world today that has this many acts in a 2-hour theatrical stage production.

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    Neil Goldberg

    There are currently three touring productions of Cirque Dreams Holidaze comprised of over 120 artists and designers. There are many creative individuals within the organization who are openly gay. Throughout our 20-year history, many performers from the San Francisco area have both auditioned, and been cast in, various Cirque Dreams brand shows. The physicality of our performance artistry appeals to a broad demographic and mass audiences throughout the world.

    BT: Is the show particularly good for kids? How about kids at heart?

    NG: One of the most unique features of Cirque Dreams Holidaze is that parents can bring their kids and grandparents and all are amazed by the experience. This show is very appealing to kids and it also brings out the kid at heart in adults and seniors.

    BT: Where are you from, and what do you look forward to the most when visiting San Francisco?

    NG: I was born and raised in New York and currently live in South Florida. I visit San Francisco often, and enjoy the restaurants, art, culture, unique entertainment experiences and shopping. For many of the performers, this is their first time in the US. They’re excited to ride a trolley, see Alcatraz, walk around, shop, etc.

    Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a celebration of the holiday season. It cannot be compared to any other cirque show, as it is a different kind of experience. We continue performing to sold out audiences throughout the country and hope folks in San Francisco will share this experience with their friends and family.

    Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be at the Curran Theater in San Francisco from December 11-December 15. For tickets and additional information, please go to: www.cirqueproductions.com/tickets/.