Cirque Wonderland to enchant Niswonger audience

VAN WERT —Something magical is coming to the Niswonger Center at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland will come to Van Wert as part of a tour crossing the country and it will bring death-defying acts and a touching holiday story to go with it.

“The Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a show for families of all ages,” said Vince Ortega, who plays Uncle Josh. “It has circus acts from around the world going from Ukraine to Sweden and Ecuador, to name a few as well as America. It’s a storyline about a family and just being present and being open to anything that they see in front of them, even in their imagination told through circus acts, songs that everyone will recognize and a couple of original songs.”

And the circus acts will need to be seen to be believed.

“There will be people balancing on people’s heads,” said Karli Lowery, who plays Aunt Lynn. “There will be people flying through the air. There will be lyra (aerial) work and self-work. It’s just magical. It’s stuff that you definitely don’t see every day.”

“And they’ll definitely keep you on the edge of your seat with some of the death-defying tricks that they accomplish,” added Ortega.

These stunts all serve to explore the story of a family that tries to make Caroline, a workaholic, remember the spirit of the holiday season.

“Not only is it fun to see all these amazing acts and know that they’re from around the world, but I think as far as the story and the message that the show gives, it’s a big thing,” said Ortega. “And in a world where we’re all caught up and being in our phones and after a two-year pandemic that we all went through, it just brings you back to that there is magic in reality. It’s important to be present and watch what’s going on instead of being stuck on your phone; it will kind of just open your eyes a little bit.”

And Ortega and Lowery are excited to bring their show to the Niswonger Center, which has a reputation that precedes itself.

“We hear it’s a beautiful theater and we love getting to see some of these amazing theaters around America and Canada,” said Ortega. “That’s one of the perks of being a part of this tour.”

“As well as exploring some of the city,” said Lowery. “That’s one of my favorite things to do is kind of get to know some of the local joints and meet some people along the way.”

And if anyone is interested in meeting Ortega and Lowery, as well as other stars of the show backstage, VIP packages are available.

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