This year’s TransAlta Grandstand Show is titled Grand Spectacular. Here’s a few behind-the-scenes facts that earn this show its name:
The state-of-the-art stage surface installed in 2014 has been upgraded with the integration of water and fire. Multiple nozzles and reservoirs have been installed within the stage structure to provide special effects that have never been seen before at the Grandstand.
French tightrope performer, Jade Kindar-Martin spent the last four years perfecting walking across a flaming tight rope. Jade was featured in the 2015 feature movie “The Walk,” performing all of the high wire stunts between the twin towers.
There are more than 3,600 bars of music in the Grand Spectacular music score, which features original music composed specifically for the show, alongside arrangements of popular music performed by The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede.
The portable stage structure called “The TransAlta Stage” is an engineering marvel that provides the video wall backdrop to the show. The stage provides backstage storage and cast access throughout the show, as well as technical housing for lights, sound, electrical and, this year, a series of steel supports to create the high wire act.
The underground dressing rooms for The Young Canadians and other cast members provide services to more than 200 people during each performance. As well, the space provides storage for giant set pieces, theatrical effects and more costumes than three Broadway shows put together.
The flying system provides four “fly lines.” This year, high speed vertical motors were introduced that whisk cast and props through the air at a rate that makes for a spectacular trick on the eyes.
You can get your tickets to Grand Spectacular here!