A scene from Banana Shpeel
(© Kristie Kahns)
A scene from Banana Shpeel
(© Kristie Kahns)
The company of Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel will participate in an open house as part of an afternoon of festivities celebrating the production's arrival in New York on February 10. David Shiner has directed the piece, which begins previews at the Beacon Theatre on February 25.

The festivities will get underway at 4:30pm with the unveiling of the show's marquee at the theater. Performers will arrive, accompanied by musicians, to greet fans. In addition, the first 100 guests who arrive with a banana will win two complimentary tickets to the show. The bananas will be donated to Life Center, a local New York homeless shelter.

At 4:45pm, the Banana Shpeel cast will lead the public into the theater for the Open House with an exclusive sneak peek at the show's creative process in the newly-restored Beacon Theatre. Guests will see rehearsals on stage, make-up demonstrations, costume displays, and take photos with costumed performers. Local restaurants and businesses will provide complimentary snacks.

Banana Shpeel is mix of styles that blends intense choreography, crazy comedy and distinctive acrobatic acts. The action follows the brash and over-the-top character, Schmelky, as he emcees his show, a diverse spectrum of performances including tap, hip-hop and eccentric dance, slapstick comedy and Cirque du Soleil acrobatic acts.

For further information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.beacontheatre.com.