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People often say that they hate drama, but people who say that somehow always seem to be in the throes of catty conflicts, Twitter wars, and passive aggressive battle royales with frenemies near and far. I, on the other hand, love drama. Sure, I’ll giddily watch a friendship implode on a Facebook comment thread any day, but what I’m talking about is drama of the performance variety. This month, Downtown is all about the drama in the best way possible. March brings shows and performance pieces that will immerse you in otherworldly delights, make you laugh, and perhaps even teach you a thing or two.
On March 19-23, Cirque du Soleil will set up shop at the Pensacola Bay Center for a show entitled Varekai. Cirque du Soleil is known for bringing fantastical worlds to life with awe-inspiring performances that are at once poignant and comical, along with a vibrant backdrop of colorful sets and live music. See the story on page 10.
If Cirque du Soleil makes you want to run away to the circus yourself, you can at least take a jaunt to PLT’s Cabaret Circus Nouveau event on March 29. This annual themed party will be a night of big top thrills, sights and adventures happening throughout the Pensacola Cultural Center. Get the details on page 25.
Additionally, the Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire will come to town March 1-2. Guests will be transported back to the time when European explorers first set foot in Pensacola, when pirates roamed and disagreements were handled with the sword. Come see the tense drama of live jousting or just enjoy some gypsy dancers and games of skill. All that and much more awaits ye at this annual celebration of creative anachronism!
Also in this issue, we spoke with the zany brains behind local improv troupe Improvable Cause, which performs each month at Pensacola Little Theatre. Anything can happen onstage during an improv performance, and with talented players and some audience suggestions, the results are highly entertaining. If you haven’t yet seen their show, it’s time to loosen your morals and pay them a visit. Find out more on page 9.
If you still need a dose of drama, there’s few better places to turn than to our local opera, which will bring to life the classic fairytale of Cinderella on March 21 and 23. Combining theatre, symphony and spectacular vocal performances for a first class opera production, Pensacola Opera will close out its 31st season with this timeless tale.
Whether you prefer your drama low brow or high, with whimsy or raunchiness, there’s an absorbing experience to suit your tastes this month. And if you still prefer to follow it up with a little drama dessert of reading 50-plus comments in a rapidly deteriorating Facebook debate while shrouded in a Snuggie, grab the popcorn and come be my frenemy.
Questions? Comments? Story ideas? Please email Emily Lullo at Emily@ballingerpublishing.com.