With their overemphasis on useless subjects like subtraction and gravity, most traditional schools never give kids the real-world knowledge they need to pile an entire college fraternity onto a single bicycle. Correct the lapses in the American educational system with today’s Groupon, which scores you one ticket to see Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi on Friday, October 15, at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Choose from the following seating options:
- $27 for one Rear Orchestra or Dress Circle ticket (a $54 value)
- $22 for one Loge or Lower Balcony ticket (a $44 value)
- $17 for one Upper Balcony ticket (a $34 value)
The culmination of two millennia of Chinese acrobatic traditions, Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi awes audiences with aerial athleticism, contortion, gymnastics, and other amazing physical feats. Arrange your face into its most photogenic gape as the circus troupe's Gumby-limbed performers bend themselves into impossible poses. Vertigo-proof daredevils will ascend to precarious heights and hurl themselves through the air while flying-squirrel people leap through hoops with no expectation of finding a parfait on the other side. Marvel at the wonders of typical Chinese dinner service as performers keep almost a dozen plates spinning on long sticks while balancing three other plate-spinners atop their shoulders. Jump-roping unicyclists perched atop inflatable orbs will show off the incredible balance the human body can achieve when it doesn't store all its iDevices in the same pants pocket. Colorful costumes, dramatic lighting, and vibrant sets add pizzazz to the optical extravaganza, which has wowed watchers from New York to Phoenix.
The recently renovated Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater sports enough space to seat 2,031 people, plus 2,031 additional people sitting in their laps. Every section of the waterfront venue offers excellent views, making back-row sitters feel as if they're watching from the front row and front-rowbots feel as if they're watching the action unfold atop the bed-stage that takes up most of their studio apartment.
Best-available seating provided in selected ticket level at time of purchase.
Cirque Shanghai's previous runs in Chicago were reviewed by the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, and nabbed a four-star average from Yelpers. The Mahaffey Theater hosting Cirque Shanghai in St. Petersburg has more than 600 Facebook fans:
- Cirque Shanghai has become a consistent and much-loved summer tradition. – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
- Audiences looking for "oohs" and "ahhs" will certainly get their money's worth of entertainment with "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9." In its nearly 75 jam-packed minutes, "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" heavenly delivers on its promise of circus showbiz bliss. – Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald
The Mahaffey Theater
Just minutes from downtown's bustling shops and overlooking the glassy waters of Tampa Bay, The Mahaffey Theater's picturesque building hosts some of Florida's most entertaining art and performance offerings. Originally built in 1965, the renovated building's floor-to-ceiling glass façade pierces the night with softly glowing light, cordially inviting patrons inside and awakening desires in moths that can never be fulfilled. The box-style seating of the theater ensures clear sightlines for all patrons, and its excellent acoustics make the venue suitable for both thunderous rock bands and delicate chamber ensembles.
Downtown St. Petersburg
400 1st St. S
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701Get Directions