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Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia Performers Give Sneak Peek at Children’s Museum Butterfly Release

Pictured: Performers from Cirque du Soleil Luzia show. Photo by Lauren Cohen

On Friday morning, performers from Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia cast gave a sneak peek of the show at West Hartford’s Children’s Museum’s weekly butterfly release. 

Photo by Lauren Cohen

By Lauren Cohen

Friday morning’s butterfly release at the West Hartford Children’s Museum was one for the books, with a special performance from members of the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show.

Excited fans of all ages filled the seats of the Museum’s planetarium as Joe DeFeo, the museum’s senior development director, welcomed them and introduced the “very special program.” 

DeFeo said he has already seen the show, and that “it’s fantastic.” He encouraged visitors to go see Luzia, which is playing in Hartford through July 21, and to use the discount offered by the Children’s Museum.  

DeFeo gave a “big thanks to [the performers], big thanks to the staff here, and to you for coming.”

Three performers brought the show to life in the planetarium with a neat juggling act. Most of the faces of children in the audience were hidden behind monarch butterfly masks given out before the show, but their eyes lit up in amazement at the jugglers. 

Afterwards, there was a photo opportunity for visitors, and then the masses moved out to the museum’s butterfly garden for an extra-special butterfly release.  

Some of the children were absolutely star-struck when meeting the performers that many of them had already seen at the Luzia show in Hartford. One little girl even had a doll of the “Running Woman” –  the performer dressed as a monarch butterfly.

In the butterfly house, the Cirque du Soleil performers took more pictures with fans, and helped the Children’s Museum staff release the butterflies into the sanctuary. 

Children and guardians (and performers!) alike watched the butterflies in awe.

Photo by Lauren Cohen

Photo by Lauren Cohen

Photo by Lauren Cohen

Photo by Lauren Cohen

Photo by Lauren Cohen

Photo by Lauren Cohen

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