Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerNovember 16, 2012 

Neil Goldberg might be an adult, but he hasn't lost the child within.

As the creator and producer of the popular Cirque Dreams stage productions, Goldberg's imagination keeps those sugarplums dancing in his head by bringing dreams to life.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is one of those whimsical dreams, and it comes to the Windermere Theatre at the Toyota Center in Kennewick on Nov. 21.

Holidaze has all the charm and sparkle of a glitzy show. It will hold the audience spellbound with amazing acts that include outrageous contortionists, dancers, singers, and breathtaking high-wire and acrobat teams will keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the two-hour show.

Goldberg first created his Cirque series in 1993. The other shows include Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Illumination and Cirque Dreams & Dinner. Next spring, he'll premiere Cirque Dreams Splashtastic with Cirque Dreams Broadway and Cirque Dreams Rocks to follow.

"Holidaze is an all-new show that we change each year," Goldberg said in a recent telephone interview with the Herald.

The show comes to life at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost from $35 to $75 and are available at the Toyota Center box office or at ticketmaster.com.

Goldberg said he's had a love of theater since childhood.

"I was in my first play, The Miracle Worker, when I was 10 years old," he said.

That led him to become a student of theater and music, and he eventually earned a degree in theater scene design. He also has a fascination with the holidays.

"Yeah, it's crazy, isn't it? Here I am, a Jewish kid who loves the holidays," he joked. "I have a collection of ornaments, about 10,000 of them now, and each one has a story behind it, as I've collected them from all over the world."

Those ornaments found a way into his Cirque Dreams Holidaze show this year when his new stage design included a 26-foot Christmas tree with all the trappings of a traditional tree.

"To me, the holidays are all about family," Goldberg said. "And that is what's behind this show. We want to provide entertainment the whole family can do together."

Holidaze features an international cast of multitalented artists decked out in brilliant costumes performing astonishing feats that will leave the viewer in disbelief, he added.

There'll be gingerbread men flipping in midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing on a beam, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above the audience.

"Holidaze continues the spirit of high-quality entertainment," he said. "We are proud to share our creations and bring joy to so many."

Goldberg designed and created productions for two Super Bowls, the Disney corporation, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, the Miss Universe pageant and network TV shows.

He also created and directed shows with the Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New World symphonies, as well as with Marvin Hamlisch and The National Symphony and the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts YoungArts program.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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