Cirque du Soleil’s classic production Mystere at Treasure Island has certainly had a busy five months. After celebrating its 18th year on the Strip on Christmas Day, the highly acclaimed production went dark for a little face-lift in January only to return a month later with not one, but two new acts. To celebrate all that Mystere has accomplished in the past few months, Best of Vegas is offering savings up to $35 on the show that’s been deemed “flower in the desert.”
As with many Cirque du Soleil productions, Mystere features a mix of circus acts, dance, elaborate sets, incredible music and even a little comedy. The classic production takes audiences on a journey through the unimaginable as its brought to life. And while it seems to be a perfect representation of the kind of entertainment you can experience in Las Vegas, this was not always the case.
Before opening at Treasure Island in 1993, Mystere was originally planned for Caesars Palace with a theme around Greek and Roman mythology. But before the project could even take off, Caesars Palace execs scrapped the idea, believing it was too financially risky. That’s because, and this may be hard to believe now, at the time Mystere was very different from the typical entertainment they were used to in Las Vegas. Fortunately, Treasure Island saw something in the show and it secured a place in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
As with any good production, it’s not easy to pin point what exactly it is that makes Mystere so incredible. The show’s cast and crew including Brian Dewhurst who at 79 is the oldest performer in any Cirque production; Bruce Rickerd, a guitar player who has never missed a performance; Sophia Stiperski, who plasy Green Lizard; Eligiusz Skoczylas, a Cirque veteran who celebrates 20 years performing this July; Ross Gibson, the Mystere Red Bird featured in the main visual and new ad campaign; Ricardo Galvis, a member of the new trapeze act; and Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz, the solo aerialist who performs the new silk act all certainly play a part in its incredible-ness as does the cast’s many outrageous outfits.
There are currently 10,000 costume pieces used in the show and include 1,500 pairs of shoes, 300 headpieces and 2,500 sequins used on each Bungee Girl costume!
And then there is Mystere’s technologically advanced stage that measures 120 feet by 70 feet and covers approximately 10,032 square. And I can’t talk about Mystere without mentioning the amazing musical acts that include the popular Japanese taiko drums, Greek and Balkan musical influences and a heart-stopping score by composers Rene Dupere and Benoit Jutras.
And the list goes on. To experience the show that changed Las Vegas’ entertainment forever you can find Mystere tickets right here on Best of Vegas with savings up to $35 on tickets!