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Cirque Du Soleil an island success

Emilie Nadeau Emilie Nadeau
Paul Naksone Paul Naksone

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - They brought magic, wonder, and delight for the first time to Honolulu. Sunday night Cirque Du Soleil wraps up its three week Saltimbanco show at the Blaisdell Arena. Officials are calling the show a successful visit to the islands.

Cirque Du Soleils latest creation is full of surprises, but even show promoters were surprised by the turn out. More than 50,000 people saw this show by end of their run. Much of the success of this production came with work away from the stage.

"We had advertising, we did a press conference in July with people here and people knew we were coming so they can plan ahead their visit," Publicist Emilie Nadeau.

Along with advertising for Saltimbanco, what really helped was that word spread quickly by early audiences about the amazing and entertaining performances put on by the 95 artists and musicians.

"We didn't know is that it would be so big, the word of mouth on the third week, everybody is talking about it, Says Emilie Nadeau.

That's what brought in Paul Nakasone, who chose to spend his money after others had given it rave reviews.

"I heard from co-workers that it was an amazing show, so I'm glad that I came," says Paul Naksone.

For performers, the pressure was on, not only as they are catapulted up to 30-feet in the air. With a struggling economy, the future of this high priced theatrical production could also hang in the balance.

In the end, this show was a hit, from the box office to the back row of the audience.

It provided a bright spot for those entertained and those doing the entertaining.

"You have no idea how much energy it gives to the artists when the fans react like the one we had in Hawaii. I mean people were screaming and laughing, were applauding," says Nadeau.

Emilie Nadeau says they plan to return to Hawaii but no date has been set, next stop for Saltimbanco is Prescott Arizona.

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