A giant screen behind the head table rose towards the ceiling and stopped when the full twenty feet of its height was in place above the heads of everyone at the table. The lights dimmed and the video began. The narrator described a beautiful world, untouched by the spoils of society, tucked away in a secret place on earth. Its inhabitants were perfect in every way, both physically and intelligently. They had existed for centuries. They kept their world hidden from society by using a series of gigantic mirrors, thousands of them that surrounded their massive compound that was the size of a small country, by automatically shifting and turning to reflect a vast forest of wasteland to anyone or anything that encroached either by land or air. The hundreds of thousands of mirrors, camouflaged to reflect the surroundings, were controlled automatically by a central computer system. The mirror system was created by advanced technology in the last century, as society threatened their discovery.
Alexis, the central character played by Elizabeth, longed to explore the world outside of the mirrors. No one from her world had ever been outside of the mirrors, so it was only the stories of legends told through the ages that filled their dreams of what it would be like. Alexis possessed the voice of an angel and was soon enslaved by the King and Queen of the Royal Palace, forced to sing to them to soothe their troubled souls every day for the rest of her life. Finally managing to escape the castle with the help of a brave and handsome soldier, exiled from the royal family, she found a way to escape her world through the mirrors. Facing a modern day world, she was not prepared for the danger and chaos. She longed to return to the safety of her world but she could not find her way back. Her world was obliterated by the giant mirrors she could not see.
The incredible video ended, leaving the audience spellbound. They erupted in huge applause and cheers, the room buzzing with the excitement of the incredible new show and its star, Elizabeth Leroux. Guy Laliberte returned to the podium and opened things up to questions. The reporters began shouting trying to get their questions heard, hoping to get a direct quote for their publication or news channel. Steve Ross from the Las Vegas Journal, always having written about Cirque du Soleil in a positive light, was rewarded for that by being given the honor of the first question.
“Guy, I have heard that Panterra is the most expensive show ever produced in Las Vegas and the world, for that matter. With that much on the line, why was the decision made to cast an unknown as the lead character?”
“That is a great question Steve and thank you for asking it. First of all, for the lead character of Alexis, it needed to be someone young and beautiful, smart and very, very talented. I was introduced to Elizabeth through Celine and the first audition was the last. There was no need to audition anyone else. We knew we had someone very special, a major star in the making, when we discovered Elizabeth. She is an experienced and well known musician and singer in her native Canada. Panterra will allow the rest of the world to enjoy this incredibly gifted young lady.”
Questions came fast and furious and Guy handled them with patience, taking his time to answer as many as he possibly could.
“What is Celine’s role in Panterra?”
“She is the technical advisor to the show and to Elizabeth personally.”
“If Panterra fails to gain an audience, will this be the end of big productions in Las Vegas?”
“Panterra will not fail, in fact, we are predicting it will be the most successful show ever in Las Vegas. There will always be big productions in Las Vegas; it is why people come here. To be entertained like nothing they have ever or will ever experience anywhere else. That is the magic of Las Vegas.”
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