by Diane Malone
15 Dec 2008

wintuk  caroline digonis

   Cirque du Soleil presents their family-oriented annual holiday show Wintuk for a limited engagement at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The show, returning for its second year, runs from October 30th, 2008 thru January 4th, 2009 with several performance times to choose from.  
   Wintuk is the story of a young city boy named Jamie wearing a red winter coat who wishes for a wintery snowfall. Jamie sets out to investigate why there isn’t any snow falling. Along his journey, he meets up with whimsical and mysterious characters. The plot takes the young boy to the magical arctic world of Wintuk where a series of events help to make all of his dreams come true.
   The two-hour show has one intermission and features beautiful set designs and costumes, huge ice monsters, puppets, acrobats, talking marionettes, singing lampposts, giant dogs, music, lighting effects, and a fantastic finale of a snowfall that is sure to delight the young theater goer.
   First-time Cirque du Soleil goers seem to enjoy this kid-oriented holiday show while the veteran fans of Cirque du Soleil compare this production to the more extravagant adult shows that the company puts on.
   The second act brings us to the magical land of Wintuk where the audience will be delighted with the trademark Cirque du Soleil acts that take place center stage. Some visually stunning highlights include: a contortionist who dances with silver hoops, several acrobats, a group of women spinning inside hoops, and captivating low-flying female aerialists.  
   A tip for your enjoyment would be to get a close seat and not one at the rear of a section since a tall person might be seated in front of you. 
   Tickets to see this enchanting tale go on sale beginning every April so plan ahead to get your seats to this enjoyable holiday show.  
   The WaMu Theater is located at Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY. The 1,2,3, A,C and E subways all will take you to 34th Street (Penn Station).

Photo: courtesy of Cirque du Soleil