By Punch Pulse Correspondent Lindsey Clark
What could be more exciting than seeing Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson IMMORTAL World Tour? Seeing it TWICE. I was lucky enough to attend the Martha’s Table pre-show reception before my second viewing of the show on Sunday – held at the Dewar’s Clubhouse in the Verizon Center – which made seeing it again all that much more enjoyable.Â The reception offered guests a variety of activities from face painting (which my grown sister indulged in, of course) to photo booths to fantastic live music to circus acts and a build your own nacho station (I should probably not admit that I was more excited about that than my sister was about having her face painted), and it was great to see such a big crowd out supporting such a great cause.Â Martha’s Table assists over 1,000 Washington area people a day who are faced with the effects of poverty by providing educational resources, daycare, family support services, food, clothing, and long-term solutions – and at the reception we were treated to a short film that was recently created about the organization and its outreach programs.Â I was almost ready to go home after the reception, but we had a Cirque show to see!!
I have to say I felt like the show was much better the second time around (this may be because I had a much better view!), and Pamela posted a great review of it if you didn’t get a chance to catch it while it was in town.Â Cirque du Soleil never fails to deliver – and I’ll admit it wasn’t quite was I was expecting from the show, but it was certainly a fun, entertaining, and often moving homage to Michael Jackson’s life and music.Â The focus was much more on dance and music than on aerial arts and acrobatics, but that wasn’t necessarily a negative thing, as I noticed that pretty much everyone (Clark sisters included) was dancing in their seats for most of the show.Â Like Pamela mentioned in her write-up, the show made me realize how much I actually MISS Michael Jackson’s music and how sad I am that he’s not around anymore to keep creating, but considering his influence on music and dance (not to mention his inspiration for shows like this!), I don’t think he’ll be forgotten any time soon.Â Or, actually, ever.
Martha’s Table has a variety of volunteer opportunities if you’d like to get involved with a great local organization – proceeds from sales of IMMORTAL tickets purchased through the organization went back to Martha’s Table.
As the Punch Premiere Correspondent, Lindsey covers all things film and theater related. When not writing for Pamela’s Punch, Lindsey serves as an Executive Assistant at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.gov). Aside from writing and seeing as much theater as possible, Lindsey enjoys the arts, live music, spending QT with her dog, Lincoln, and being little sister to fellow Punch Correspondant Niki Clark. Follow her on twitter @lindseykayclark. Contact Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.