Win FREE Tickets to See CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Win two free tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Dralion in New Orleans, Saturday, March 1, 2003.

WLBT is giving away 2 pairs of free tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Dralion in New Orleans at Zephyr Field and you could win! Simply go to amreport@wlbt.net   and give us all your vital information including name, address, phone number and be sure to indicate that you're entering the Cirque du Soleil giveaway (we have alot of giveaways on the web and we want to be sure your name goes in the right pile!).

You can enter at any time before midnight on Feb. 24, 2003. WLBT will pick two winners and announce their names Tues., Feb. 25, on the morning news and again on Midday Mississippi . Your ticket pair is valued at $130!

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Presents

DRALION

Directed by Guy Caron

COMING SOON TO NEW ORLEANS

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 6, 2003

Under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau in the Zephyr Field parking lot

Tickets in advance at CIRQUECLUB.COM from October 23 to 26, 2002

Tickets ON SALE to the general public on October 27, 2002 at 11:00 a.m.

For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil will raise its state-of-the-art big top, the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau, in New Orleans with its live production DRALION. The trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau will be located in the Zephyr Field parking lot for a limited engagement beginning Thursday, February 6.

Cirque Internet Club members can purchase a limited number of prime seats online from October 23 to 26 by connecting to cirqueclub.com. The general public may purchase tickets beginning October 27 at 11:00 a.m. by calling the Admission Network at 1 800 678-5440 or online at cirquedusoleil.com.

Since its world premiere in Montreal in April 1999, DRALION has been experienced by more than 2 million spectators in 23 cities across North America. The Los Angeles Times said of Dralion, "In Cirque du Soleil's winning Dralion, fanciful creatures and a bit of self-parody infuse the troupe's acts with new life…entrancing as ever… impeccable."

Suspended in time between the past and the future, DRALION is a celebration of life and the four elements that maintain the natural order: air, water, fire and earth. DRALION propels these four pillars of the universe into a futuristic dimension, soaring to new heights as it defies the laws of nature.

Fusing ancient Chinese acrobatic tradition with the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil, DRALION is Cirque du Soleil at its purest: a dynamic performance that transcends the boundaries of the imagination and leads us into a dreamscape with a new and sparkling perspective.

Led by Creative Director GILLES STE-CROIX, the creative team includes Director GUY CARON, Costume Designer FRANÇOIS BARBEAU, Set Designer Stéphane Roy, Lighting Designer Luc Lafortune, Composer VIOLAINE CORRADI, Choreographer JULIE LACHANCE, Sound Designer GUY DESROCHERS, and Clown Act Co-Designer MICHEL DALLAIRE.

DRALION features more than 55 artists from ten countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Ivory Coast, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States), including a house troupe of 37 Chinese acrobats. The multi-talented performers present a variety of high-caliber acts including teeterboard, ballet on lights, hoop diving, bamboo poles, juggling, single hand balancing, double trapeze, skipping ropes and more. All acts were specially created for DRALION. Clowns — without whom no circus is complete — appear throughout the show, adding more than a touch of madness.

The breathtaking futuristic set is an immense technological sculpture whose every component serves as an accessory to the acrobats throughout the show. One of these components, hanging close to the dome of the big top, is an aluminium structure made up of three rings, each of which has a particular function. One ring, called "the sun", serves as an acrobatic apparatus, another as a catwalk, while the third is used for technical purposes and houses an enormous lantern. The metal wall acts as backdrop and orchestra pit, in addition to being used by the artists during the performance.

The costumes, created exclusively for DRALION, are in four colours representing the elements: blue for air, green for water, red for fire and ochre for earth. The iridescent colors of the costumes are reflected in the metallic glints of a decor that comes straight out of the cinéma fantastique.

The DRALION score is a fusion of music from around the world. The music borrows from more traditional sources, then bursts into an electro-symphonic realm of a world yet to come. The wide range of influences includes Hindu melodies and the sounds of instruments from Andalusia, Africa, Central Europe and the West.

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges American Electric Power as a corporate sponsor of the Cirque du Soleil 2002 North American Tours, and Bravo Network as official sponsor for the DRALION 2002 and 2003 North American Tour.

Cirque du Soleil in 2002

Alegría North American Tour

Dralion North American Tour

Varekai North American Tour

Mystère presented at Treasure Island in Las Vegas

"O" presented at Bellagio in Las Vegas

La Nouba presented at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando

Saltimbanco European Tour

DRALION in NEW ORLEANS

Under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau in the parking lot of Zephyr Field Premieres for a limited engagement beginning February 6, 2003

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Fridays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

No performances on Mondays

TICKETS

Online at cirquedusoleil.com or call the Admission Network at 1 800 678-5440

For group reservations for 40 adults or more call the box office at 1 800 450-1480 or purchase online at cirquedusoleil.com

PRICES

Prices range from $45.00 to $65.00 for adults and from $31.50 to $45.50 for children.

For students (13 to 17 years) and senior citizens (65 plus), prices are from $40.50 to $58.50 weekdays only (Tuesday to Thursday and Friday at 4:00 p.m.)

DRALION VIP Package

The DRALION VIP Package includes one of the best seats in the house, refreshments and hors-d'oeuvres served in the Cirque-style ambiance of the Dralion VIP Suite, a special DRALION gift and a souvenir program. DRALION VIP Packages are $165.00 for adults and $115.00 for children (ages 2-12). Available online at cirquedusoleil.com or call Admission Network at 1 800 678 5440.

Corporate Hospitality Events

Contact Gilbert Cadieux at 1 800 678-2119, extension 7494 or online at gilbert.cadieux@cirquedusoleil.com .

DRALION credits Guide:

Guy Laliberté; Director: Guy Caron; Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix; Costume Designer: François Barbeau; Set Designer: Stéphane Roy; Lighting Designer: Luc Lafortune; Composer: Violaine Corradi; Choreographer: Julie Lachance; Sound Designer: Guy Desrochers; Clown Act Co-Designer: Michel Dallaire; Director of the Xinan Troupe and Acrobatic Act Designer: Li Xi Ning.