Acrobatic circus begins shows at Oceanfront
Kimberly Marcotte gets makeup help from Zore Espana before the dress rehearsal of Cirquesa Dreamquest on Friday, May 24, 2013. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)
May 25, 2013
A voice boomed through the thick black curtains.
In the tiny backstage, acrobats sent up clouds as they powdered their faces. Dancers affixed one last fake eyelash. The sour smell of greasepaint filled the sticky air.
A woman with cascading brown curls groaned as she shimmied herself into tights. “It’s so hard to pull these up when I’m sweaty,” she said.
A fellow performer, with stripes of green and blue paint illuminating her eyes, nodded knowingly. “It’s going to be so hot up on the wire.”
“One minute!” the voice called.
Bodies dashed to and fro. Performers zipped one another’s costumes. A blond-wigged woman called, “Noemi, I need you to help me with my wings!”
The stage’s curtains rustled, then everything went black. “OK, here we go!” the voice sounded.
An accordion played from loudspeakers.
It was showtime.