Circus meets symphony in Cirque Musica’s ‘Wonderland’

Monday, November 26, 2018
Cirque Musica draws from the circus acts of Barnum & Bailey and the symphonic prowess of the Dallas Symphony, both former employers of creator and producer Stephen Cook.
“It’s sort of a hybrid of my career,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Cook created the show’s parent company TCG entertainment based on a desire to find creative ways to bring people into a symphony hall.
“It allows them to experience music in a new way, let’s call it a non-threatening way,” Cook said.
The Bozeman show, Cirque Musica Holiday’s “Wonderland” on Monday, Nov. 26, follows a girl who loses her holiday spirit but is transported into a magical wonderland as she recalls Christmas as a child. The contortionists and acrobats perform choreographed numbers to a series of
“I think it’s pretty magical,” Cook said.

More than 40 musicians from the Bozeman Symphony orchestra will join the cast to perform classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” “Waltz of the Flowers” and the original “Wonderland” by Cirque Musica’s conductor James Olmstead.
For the production team and cast, the performance is a whole lot of fun, punctuated by looking into the audience and seeing families enjoying the show together.
“That’s the best for us,” Cook said.

Article by Rachel Hergett, the editor of Ruckus, the arts and culture publication of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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