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A Day in the Life of CIRQUE

Nicola Dawn, a vocalist currently on an Arena Tour of Saltimbanco (Cirque du Soliel), gives an inside view of a “typical” day – or should we say night?

My Day starts at about 5pm with a sound check of 15-30mins.

Because we change venue every week, adjustments have to be continually made to accommodate the change in room and placement of the stage.

After sound-check sometimes we have Tapis Rouge (weekly general meeting for all Artists and Artistic and Tour Management); this is where we will be told about our next transfers and any extra info about the next venue—we also get artistic notes at this time.

Next it’s time for you: you have a couple of hours before the show to decide what you want to do.

I usually go to catering and have dinner so I’m not too full before the performance. I then start my make up, which takes about 45mins.

After this there is plenty of time to warm up and get into costume for the show.

You put on your mic and start the show at 8pm (depending on the city)—at weekends we usually do 2 shows a day.

The show usually finishes about 10.30pm. You take off your make-up and walk back to the hotel, or race for the shuttle that takes you back to the hotel.

On Sundays it’s slightly different: we do 2 shows at 1pm and 5pm and then we return to the hotel and wait whilst the Technical Departments tear down the show (usually 3hours).

We then go to the airport at about 11pm and fly to our next destination.

Depending on the distance we sometimes arrive at 2-3am.

You receive your room key and you sleep like a baby!

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Nicola Dawn began her career in Musical Theatre as an actress/singer; she’s performed lead roles in London’s West End in productions of Copacabana, Fame, The Sound of Music, Aspects of Love, Taboo, When Harry met Barry and The Thing About Men. She’s worked for various Rep Theatres across the UK and has done her fair share of commercials! She has also supplied vocals for several films and TV series. In 2006, Nicola also made an appearance on the ITV1 talent contest The X Factor as a member of the close harmony group finalists, The Unconventionals, with Louis Walsh as their mentor. She is currently a featured vocalist with Cirque du Soleil in their production of Saltimbanco.

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