LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Cirque Italia has arrived in Lake Charles and will be performing April 22 through 25 in a tent set up in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot.
Events are finally returning to the Lake Area as the CDC and local health officials loosen restrictions on public events.
The European-styled show has stopped in the Lake Area, a traveling water circus, said to be the first of its kind in the U.S. The show features a range of acrobatics, contortionist, jugglers and other thrilling performances.
“It’s a really unique circus show that you won’t see anywhere else,” said performer and show manager Morgain Rosenthal.
She says Cirque Italia is enforcing COVID-19 guidelines.
“We do require a mask, and depending on the each local health department, we have limited capacity. We have ushers that sanitize the tent every 10 to 15 minutes,” Rosenthal said. “The pandemic has been a very trying time for everybody.”
Rosenthal said she’s happy to be back on the road traveling. She said the pandemic impacted the circus by forcing the crew to take over 100 days off, instead of their typical 16 days off per year.
“I get this pandemic was like a vacation, you know, because I never have a lot of time for relax,” said performer Alberto Fernandez.
Fernandez performs the wheel of death act in the show. He said that despite this being one of the more dangerous acts, he finds it rewarding.
“The people is laughing...scream for me. I just, I love this, because I feel like a superhero.”
Showtimes will be as follows:
- Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the Prien Lake Mall parking lot or online. For more information on Cirque Italia or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.