Saltimbanco to Hit Aussie Soil in 2011

October 12, 2010

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’d be well aware that I spent July 2009 – July 2010 interning with Walt Disney World at Cirque du Soleil’s resident show, La Nouba.

I can still recall the way my eyes lit up while watching the show for the very first time. I was captivated; it was almost trance-like. La Nouba was a world where dreams became reality; a place that allowed me to escape to a land of  make-believe and fantasy, even if only for a short while. La Nouba was the first Cirque du Soleil show I had ever seen and since then, I have had the pleasure of adding Mystère, Zumanity and LOVE to my viewing collection.

From April of 2011, I look forward to revisiting this fantasy world once again. Hot on the heels of its European stint, Cirque du Soleil is bringing the Saltimbanco over for an Australian arena tour.

Saltimbanco explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday October 18, 2010 at 9am. If you are a Cirque Club Member you are able to purchase pre-sale tickets from Thursday October 7 at 9am – Sunday October 17 at 11pm. If you would like the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets, it isn’t too late to sign up and become a Cirque Club Member – it’s free!

You don’t want to miss out!

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Tour Dates: Cirque du Soleil – Saltimbanco 2011

Perth: April 21 – May 9, Challenge Stadium
Adelaide:
May 12 – May 22, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Melbourne:
May 25 – June 11, Rod Laver Arena

Hobart:
June 15 – June 19, Derwent Entertainment Centre

Brisbane: July 8 – July 17, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Newcastle:
July 20 – July 24, Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Sydney: July 27 – August 14, Acer Arena
Wollongong:
August 17 – August 21, WIN Entertainment Centre

More information: Ticketek

 

 


Thunder from Downunder I

June 15, 2010

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
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They may look harmless and innocent, but please, do not let their angelic, semi-tanned (minus me who clearly matches the wood top) appearances fool you. They came from all over Australia; Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane with only one thing in mind. With their powers combine they were an indestructible partying, booze-consuming, and adventure-hungry force… a force that Carlos was not mentally prepared for.

CHAPTER 1
~ The Arrival ~

It was a sweltering summers evening here in Orlando; much like the one we are currently experiencing here tonight. All the Aussies had arrived safe and sound to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Check-in went as smooth as one could hope. The resort was nice enough; comfortable beds, an adequate bathroom for Gavin to beautify himself in and a nice pool with a water slide, that’s right, a water slide. Moving on up in the world, people!

It could not have been more than five or so hours after arriving that the bright-eyed, eager youth of Australia began begging and pleading with me to introduce them to the cheapness that is American alcohol. They didn’t have to ask me twice. After all, who was I to deny them of such a privilege?
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CHAPTER 2
~ Ale House ~

It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t nervous. I felt comfortable enough but I knew I was taking a risk by crossing cultural boundaries. I mean, it just didn’t seem fair introducing a country that is quite capable and at ease of drinking anyone and everyone under the table (this is just one of many Australian stereotypes, but one we stand by; one we are truly and wholeheartedly proud of) with a bunch of piss-weak Americans. I thought long and hard about this. I figured that at worst, we would just sacrifice Nicole; our one drink wonder, and that would make us even. This made  sense in my head. All seemed fair again. Enough delaying, bring on the buckets and pitchers.

Pitcher after pitcher after pitcher was consumed. It was a marvelous sight; the Australians and the Americans mingling together as if we were united as one (under the rulings of her majesty, the Queen, of course). Beer got the party started until shots just added a whole new definition to crossing boundaries. The saying ‘beer before liquor, never been sicker’, was completely blown out the window tonight. We were all just bouncing off the walls like one big happy drunken family that had just been reunited after twenty odd years of being lost at sea.  The alcohol slowly yet surely began to work its magic. Speech became difficult and the right words seemed somewhat troublesome to get out. Conversation quickly took a turn for the worse. Well, maybe not so much for the worse, but enough to send Gavin into a table-hitting ball of laughter and for me to fall to the floor while simultaneously hysterically laughing and crying at the one time. See, even when I’ve had too much to drink I can still multi-task. I should add that to my resume. This is where true love begins to blossom between Aussie Nicole and American Carlos. Will cupid pull through for the sake of us all?

When the night ends with the purchase of three shots and five beers as well as food for $25 and two car loads in a bar parking lot harmoniously screaming out a drunken rendition of Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way‘ (while Carlos makes it his duty to mount me in the front seat, of Bryan’s car), you know you’ve had a good night (and perhaps too much to drink). This almost brought a tear to my eye. I felt at ease with my decision to introduce my Aussies to my Americans.
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CHAPTER 3
~ Magic Kingdom ~

A new, sober day. To be honest with you, I’m not quite sure how I got myself out of bed this morning. Today would be the first of four Disney park days.  Magic Kingdom is the only dry park on Disney property and just as well after our  ‘welcome to America‘ Ale House adventure last night.

Would it be Magic Kingdom without a cliched jump in front of Cinderella’s Castle photo? Yes, we do range from ages 19  – 25. Don’t you be judging now…

Magic Kingdom really is the place where dreams come true. No matter how old you are here, there is always that brief moment where you revert back to your childhood and let the kid inside of you come out and get excited. Now, whether you express this sense of excitement or not is totally up to you, but don’t go being in denial about it; it happens to the best of us. I dropped the tough girl persona within minutes of stepping foot into the Magic Kingdom almost one year ago to this day. And since we are being honest, yes, yes I did download ‘Celebrate You‘ by Corbin Bleu, the pre-tune to the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade and yes, maybe I do sing along and dance to it in front of my mirror when my room mate isn’t home!
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lo·sing ones shit (sht)
Vulgar slang
(verb)

1. The act of meeting Mickey and Minnie for the first time.
.. .. … .I’m going to lose my shit when I see Mickey and Minnie.
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Today was Gavin’s day to, as he’d loosely refer to it as, ‘lose his shit‘. This is a very simple process for one Gavin Thomas. It involved presenting him with either Mickey or Minnie Mouse. The two of them simultaneously would clearly be sensory overload for the young Mr. Thomas so it was much to my delight when we stumbled upon Mickey’s House and were greeted by the two of them in a separate building out back, possibly Mickey’s garage? I think Mickey and Minnie’s secret rendezvous meeting point seemed to be the more appropriate answer; these two were out of control all over every one. It was something like out of a reality TV show titled Minnie Gone Wild. I’m not sure what side of the bed Miss. Minnie woke up on this morning (or if she mistakenly popped a few of Mickey’s Viagra pills), but she was rather touchy feely; throwing kisses out left right and center then dashing mischief glances over toward Mickey in hopes to see him jealous after she’d smooch it up with all the boys. She was all about the hand action; hugging, poking, tickling, hands around everyone’s waist. Mickey could do nothing more than silently suffer and accept the fact that his girl was feeling rather whore-ish on this pleasant summers day. Who would have thought Minnie had a frisky side to her; definitely not me. All this hot Minnie action was, no doubt, causing Gavin to experience heart palpitations like no other. He shoved his camera into my hands while mumbling a quick ‘Oh my God’ under his breath and leaped toward Mickey for a long, loving embrace. Gavin had officially lost his shit.

I had not had my photo taken with Mickey or Minnie for some time now so I figured since we’d waited in line, I may as well take advantage of this situation (and of Minnie). The anticipation and all that sexual tension that was floating around the room proved to be all too much for the Aussies, because after all of this, we got wet. Very wet.  That’s right, we rode Splash Mountain and got drenched from head to toe. Not what you were thinking, right? Dirty buggers.

Our night at Magic Kingdom ended with a big bang. I can’t say I’m surprised if you suspect that Minnie had something to do with this, but fortunately for Mickey’s sanity and the longevity of Disney World, you are wrong. Get your mind out of the gutter, people. I’m talking about the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular! Since arriving at Disney World last year, Wishes has quite possibly been my favorite thing ever apart from the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor so I was ecstatic to be sharing this treat with my Aussies. This would be the last time that I’d be seeing Wishes as it is going on hiatus over the Summer and being replaced with the Pirates and Princesses Fireworks Spectacular. Knowing this, I felt a teeny tiny bit sad, but also eager and excited to experience what was to come. The lights around the park dim and a sweet, innocent little voice begins reciting the lyrics to Star Light, Star Bright as the first round of fireworks shoot their way up into the dark night sky. Pretty sure the Aussies are at a loss for words and I’m quite confident that Gavin is  discretely having one of his little moments. Oh Wishes, how I will miss you and the lingering memory of the extended Wishes Holidays Spectacular that I will hold ever so dearly in my mind. Somewhere between Wishes ending and us trying to exit Magic Kingdom through a stampede of guests, we ended up at Steak ‘n’ Shake. Today was a good day.

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CHAPTER 3
~ Let it Rain ~

Tonight, as promised, we had made plans to venture out to club Rain. Now, I will begin by being honest with you straight up. I really do not remember much from this night. It may or may not have something to do with the self-consumption of two shots and six beers in a short period of time; I’m just saying, this may have something to do with it. I can quite confidently tell you that the night began by pre-gaming with my Aussie and American boys (and girls).

From here, I can also confidently report to you that we made it into Rain, despite being somewhat tipsy at the door. I remember lots of dancing and drinking; Bryan handing me drink after drink. At one point I remember our Aussie and American crew completely owning the stage but the rest of it is just a blur; a blur of fun, none the less. Somewhere along the line, it ended up looking like the hot mess below.

I don’t know how we made it out, or how I ended up in Ali’s car, but what I do know is that I was ecstatic to hear that we were making a 3am Maccas run. Late night (early morning) Maccas runs are possibly one of my favorite things to do when drunk. Nothing makes you feel better upon waking up that next morning knowing that you devoured a McNugget Meal  only hours earlier and passed out on a full stomach. A good night was had by all, except for maybe Nicole who’s empty heart beat only for Carlos and perhaps Brendon who had been approached by another male and asked how much his services would cost. We got home somewhere between the hours of 3 and 4am. We needed to be up at 8am for another day of debauchery. This was going to prove to be quite the task, especially since Gavin was no where to be found.
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~TO BE CONTINUED~

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2009

It is such an odd concept to grasp; it is already 5:24am on January 1, 2010 back home in Melbourne, Australia.

Right now it is currently 1:24pm on December 31, 2009. Odd.

Each year I sit at home texting my mates here in the U.S. wishing them a Happy New Year almost a whole day before they actually reach it, but now that I am here, stuck in 2009, it is such a puzzling thought. Oh well. Stuck in the past it is… well, at least for the next 10.5 hours.

Oh, by the way, I’d like to thank you all for the wonderful ‘Happy New Year’ texts at 8am this morning. I was all snuggling in my blankets, sleeping and dreaming away ever so soundly when my cell phone crazily started buzzing away. Nice gesture, only I rolled over and went back to sleep.

Happy New Year to every one back home in Australia.
I hope you have a safe and prosperous 2010 and
that all your wishes and dreams come true…
and let’s be honest, they will come true because
you will all get to see me again in 2010. Ha!

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Ringing in the New Year in Australia…

Pretty much the only thing Sydney is good for.

Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks spectacular.

This year has been one of the best years of my life. There is just simply too much to mention, but if I tried to sum it up it would go something like this…

New job. New friends. Life changes. Responsibility.
Bushfires. Australians unite together.
Hating on
old job.
Excitement and good news. Stress. Quit new
job.
Quit old job (finally). Stress. Left my friends.
Left my family. Emotions. Canada. Visit old friends.
Moved my entire life. America.  Disney. Started a new life.

Overwhelmed.
New experiences. New responsibilities.
New friends. New job. New culture. New learnings.
New place in life. New outlook on life. More travels.
Old friends.
Kelly Clarkson. Missing family.
Missing friends. Missing my cat. Lonely Christmas.

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Here’s to 2010. I hope it’s an amazing year for all. I know I’m damn well looking forward to it!

xo


Melbourne, I love you <3

June 4, 2009

Despite popular belief (and I say this because many people often mistake me for a Canadian), I am a Melbourne girl, born and raised. I love my city, absolutely bloody adore it. Although perhaps being slightly biased, through all 70+ cities I have travelled throughout this world, I have never found one that comes the least bit close to matching what Melbourne has to offer. The sights, the atmosphere, the food, the people, the sports, the culture, the arts; Melbourne truly does have it all.

People, especially tourists (more so, those from overseas) are often mistaken into thinking that Sydney is the city of Australia. Sydney is the main pimping point of Australia to overseas tourists, but upon discovering Sydney myself and having spoken to many tourists who have been there, it is a sad realisation and disappointment for them when they see that the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is pretty much all Sydney has to offer, and after having witnessed these two attractions (which takes a whole five minutes), Sydney is pretty much a boring city with unwelcoming people and no culture. Melbourne is the place to be. Just ask anyone who’s ever been to Melbourne and they will tell you that Melburnian’s are some of the most laid back people in the world. Oh, and how could I forget, we know how to party!

View from the 36th floor looking towards Etihad Stadium, MelbourneThe weekend that just went by I was playing guide to a few friends who had come down from Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney… all of whom fell in love with Melbourne and its beauty. We stayed in an apartment complex on Spencer St, right across the road from Southern Cross Station. We were 36 floors up and had the most breathtaking balcony views by night. Despite not View from the 36th floor looking out over Southern Cross Station, Melbournebeing a fan of the height, I went out there pretty much every night to just admire the view of my beautiful city. In 24 days, I will be leaving all this behind and moving to the U.S.A. I have nothing but love for America, but it was at this point, on that balcony, as the sun set, that I realised I would miss Melbourne very, very much.

View of Melbourne from the 88th level at the Eureka SkydeckWhile the group was down in Melbourne I took the opportunity to check out the Eureka Skydeck with them. The Eureka Skydeck is 88 levels of awesomeness offering an awe-inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Once on the 88th level, 360 degree views of Melbourne can be enjoyed for as long as you desire. There is a bar up top so you can purchase a beer, sit back on the couches up there and just relax and soak in the beauty that is Melbourne and the bay area. The Eureka Tower also offers “The Edge” experience. The Edge is a glass cube which projects three metres out from the building, with you in it – suspended almost 300 metres above the ground! While the cube slides out from the building, the glass is all frosted to keep you in suspense, then once fully projected, the frosted-ness vanishes to give clear views around and below through the glass. It was nice off the supervisor to advise us that only the middle two glass panels have been known to fall out. I was shitting my pants, this was not the time for jokes! After a few minutes of observing, you are given the chance to have a souvenir photo taken, which I couldn’t help but purchase! Sucked in.

View of the Art Spire & the Yarra River from level 88 of the Eureka Skydeck

The weekend also consisted of some self-indulging in the form of musical performances! First up was P!nk. This amazing lady has broken an Australian touring record selling out in excess of 50 concerts (arena size venues) in Australia over the span of 3 months, 15 of those alone being in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena. Her ‘Fun House Tour’ was phenominal and I was lucky enough (after queing up for 8 hours in the freezing cold) to score myself front row. P!nk is one crazy woman, absolutely insane! The stunts she was pulling were freakin’ amazing!

Pink performing at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 30/05/2009___Pink hanging from the ceiling at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - 30/05/2009

Pink & one of her back up singers performing at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 30/05/2009

Sunday was the cause for much hype. We received tickets to Rove (talk show here in Australia) to watch Kelly Clarkson perform her hit new single, ‘I Do Not Hook Up’, live in studio. We had front row and I wound up with a camera stuck in my face the whole time. We were advised that, if this happened, to not look down at it, so I didn’t. This meant my mug ended up on TV several times when the camera switches to the front row. You see me shamelessly jumping, screaming, clapping… you know, the usual. I clapped so hard that day I bruised my palm. Check out the video below, chuck it into high quality (HQ) to try spot me:

And just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better, it did, much better. I witnessed a private concert on the Fox Rooftop with the one and only Kelly Clarkson. The concert was good enough by me, but then this happened and my life was made complete. I love her!

Nic, myself, Kelly Clarkson & Gavin in Melbourne, before the Fox Rooftop

Kelly Clarkson and I on the Fox Rooftop, Melbourne

Best weekend ever!

P.S: Melbourne, I will miss you. You’ll always be home ❤