‘Ignite’ brings camp out style show back to Sandy Valley

Performers for the teeterboard act rehearse a scene for IGNITE at Nevada Rhythmic Academy on Fr ...

We’ve seen shows bring the outside, inside in Las Vegas. “O” uses its theatrical lake, “Ka” its sandy stage that rotates to face the crowd. Headliners are drenched in waterfalls (hello, Carrie Underwood) and some (Shania Twain, in her original residency show at the Colosseum) have actually walked horses to the stage in a campfire setting.

But there is no substitute for the great outdoors.”Ignite: Return To The Elements” is bringing its camp out-style production back to Sandy Valley Ranch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a social scene of food and drinks from Vegas food trucks, and music furnished by a DJ in the 40-acre parcel’s courtyard.

The performance starts at 8 p.m., filled with familiar acrobatic acts, dance and a live band. The post-show social follows at 10 p.m. for guests ages 21-over. Tickets start at $65 for GA, with VIP seating (the event’s signature hay bales or the VIP seats) and overnight stays also offered at ignitenv.com. As we say, Sandy Valley is 45 minutes and 100 years from Las Vegas — the physical address is 1411 Kingston Road, Sandy Valley.

The show happens to premiere on Earth Day, Thursday, and will incorporate the elements of earth, wind, water and fire.

“Ignite” debuted last year, born of the pandemic entertainment shutdown. Then, as now, the cast was populated by artists who have starred in Cirque shows and the closed “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas. The production features martial-arts numbers, the teeter board, rolla-bolla balancing acrobatics, duo straps, numbers played alongside real fire and an eight-member dance troupe. All of this physical artistry is backed by a five-piece band.

Since premiering last May, “Ignite” has evolved in terms of its performance troupe, which at 38 members is nearly double the size of last year’s cast. The show is playing to about 750 guests, three times the capacity of the premiere production.

The show’s co-creators are a pair longtime Vegas production veterans: Sandi Croft, former artistic director of Cirque’s “Mystère”, “O” and “Zumanity” and director of creation for “One Night for One Drop”; and Brandon Pereyda, aerial chain artist and emcee of “Zumanity.” The dance/director/choreographer team of Alexis Ochin and Arnaud Boursain are also on board to lead the show’s creative roster. Both have worked on “One Night for One Drop” charity show by Cirque, and the Choreographers Showcase Cirque-Nevada Ballet Theatre collaborative production.

The partners chat of the show as if it is a touring circus show, though it is being built specifically for Sandy Valley Ranch.

“We have been able to create the characters this year that are really playing off the elements, and how important all these elements are in balance with each other,” Croft said during a recent rehearsal.

Pereyda is a native Las Vegan, well-aware of the city’s scenic trappings and also its history of lavish productions.

”There’s so much expectation in Vegas for the shows on the Strip, that are so full-out,” Pereyda said. “This is an awesome opportunity just to go to and have that kind of like a festival kind of feel. We have great artists, a great production planned, but we’ll be doing it at the fairgrounds.”

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