The professional troupe comes with its own set, sound system and large cast of talented performers. Its brand of entertainment is unlike anything that has ever come to a local stage.
Cirque du Monde will bring its worldwide tour to the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
"This is the first time anything like this ever has come to us," said Rosemarie Raymond, board member with the Hernando Performing Arts Guild. "We've just never had a show like this."
Raymond saw the show last year in the Villages with fellow board member Barbara Ferraro. The group performed three sold-out shows and received standing ovations, Raymond said. She said she and Ferraro were so impressed that they were eager to see if they could bring the group to Hernando.
"The costumes are just fantastic," Ferraro said, "and to see the contortionists and how they move their bodies … it's wonderful."
The show revolves around a story about a young princess from a distant world who travels to Earth and meets numerous mystical and fantastic creatures. And while the show includes body contortionists similar to those in Cirque du Soleil shows, there is much more to the show for the audience to enjoy.
"There are some acrobatics, but also singers and dancers," Raymond said. "It's very different from Cirque du Soleil. This show offers much more."
This weekend's show is part of the guild's 2010-11 season. The struggling economy has affected ticket sales, so organizers are hoping for a good turnout, as proceeds benefit scholarships for local students.
While individual tickets are $25, a special rate of $48 is being offered for the Cirque show, the Lowe Family concert Feb. 19 and Johnny Cool and the Mobster Swing Band on March 19.
Raymond said it's difficult to find a show of the same caliber as Cirque du Monde at such a low cost.
"If this show was in Tampa, you couldn't see it" for that price, she said.
"It is just a tremendous, amazing show."