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Reichhold Center Opens 30th Season with Cirque Le Masque

Sept. 11, 23008 – The Reichhold Center for the Arts opens its 30th anniversary season with the first of three offerings in its expanded Family Series. Cirque Le Masque will perform its spectacular show "Carnivale" at 4 and 7 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The show, a whimsical, magical adventure and European-style circus performance, is fantasy come alive. It is a one-of-a-kind family show, featuring colorful costumes, dazzling lights and daring acts.
"We are excited to bring Cirque Le Masque's "Carnivale" to the Virgin Islands," says Pamela Toussaint, co-director for Reichhold Center for the Arts. "This being our 30th season, the center wanted to include all ages during our anniversary week. The entire family can enjoy Cirque Le Masque's breathtaking performance."
Adding to the show's great appeal is its wonderful storyline. It is the journey of a young artist with big city dreams. The performer wants to join the Cirque in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, one of the liveliest cities in the world. Through various trapeze and high-flying acts, aerial twirling and feats of strength, the story evolves.
The internationally acclaimed troupe debuted "Carnivale" in Athens in 2006, and has been touring the world with the production ever since. According to their Web site, Cirque Le Masque "combines the refinement of acrobatics, trapeze, contortion, aerial art and comedy with an avant-garde concept for costuming, choreography and creative lighting."
Says the San Juan Star: "Cirque Le Masque is not your typical everyday circus. There are no animals, red-nosed clowns, and no tents. It is more of a theatre circus and a thrill a minute."
Dennis and Bernie Schussel founded Cirque Le Masque in 1993; however, the company's beginnings go back to 1980 when the Schussels entered the entertainment business.
Dedicated to bringing the best and most innovative approach to live theatre, the production started touring with "Fire and Ice." The show received rave reviews for its stunning combination of artistry and entertainment.
Since taking "Carnivale" on the road, the company has reached more and diverse audiences around the world in places such as Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They have also performed in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
This and other performances during Reichhold Center's 30th Anniversary Week are sponsored by Theodore Tunick and Company.
The Reichhold Center Family series is sponsored in part by the Virgin Islands Department of Education.
Reichhold Center's 2008-2009 season sponsors include: First Bank, First Insurance, Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Resort, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and Innovative Cable TV.
Tickets are $18, $25 and $35, and are available at Modern Music, UVI Bookstore, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Island Video (Nisky), Home Again (Red Hook) and the Reichhold Center Box Office at 693-1559.

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