With an agile army of acrobats from groups such as Cirque du Soleil and the Moscow Circus twirling and spinning along old-time-inspired machines, Boom Town ponders the connection between humankind and its manufactured labor assistors. Audiences are teleported to the old frontier mining town of Rosebud in 1865, where two shrewd, business-minded saloon owners hope to take advantage of the influx of gymnastically gifted gold-seekers. The battle for riches sparks a musical adventure full of pole-climbing prospectors, dancers atop swinging chandeliers, and authentically flipping cowpokes swathed in colorful costumes.
As part of the 152nd Worcester Music Festival, the National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China challenge audience belief with gravity-defying stunts that blend traditional Chinese acrobatics with modern moves. The 16-act program includes such dazzling pieces as the Grand Pagoda of Bowls—winner of the prestigious Circus Festival of Monte Carlo Golden Clown Award—with performers catching bowls of exploding Froot Loops with their feet and flinging one another onto three-person towers. Marvel at the elaborate tumbling and onstage asteroid dodging of Flying Meteors or the human pretzelry of contortionist act Crystal of White Snow. The performers execute their stunning physical feats within the Renaissance Revival–style confines of Mechanics Hall. Adorned with ornate details such as Corinthian columns and three-tiered chandeliers, the theater's architecture gives audiences something to gaze at during intermission besides their own Sharpie-drawn wristwatches.
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