'Tis the season to start planning trips to Smith Mountain Lake, for a weekend, a week, or if you are so lucky, for a month or two. The Lake is waking up after a long winter, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is getting busy with visitors enjoying an afternoon hiking or sitting and watching the birds around the lake or just enjoying an afternoon on your deck or dock sipping your favorite drink and enjoying the sunlight. Evenings are becoming abuzz with activities as well. May 4 through May 8, the Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" is coming to Roanoke's Civic Center Coliseum. "The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it." - http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/alegria/.
Alegría has an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. "Acts include the Synchro Trapeze and the intense and high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers." - www.roanokeciviccenter.com.
After a dinner at one of our wonderful local restaurants, enjoy the show!
May 7 Showtimes: 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM