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It's exciting! Cirque du Soleil makes its first stop ever in Columbus

My friend Oz Roberts is the biggest fan of Cirque du Soleil in the world. I believe he's seen every single one of its shows.

In the early 1990s, we went to Atlanta to see "Saltimbanco." And I was hooked.

Now, I haven't seen every single one of the shows like Oz, but I've seen quite a few of them.

Our friend, Tom Ford, used to make fun of us going to see a Cirque du Soleil show. And then he went to see "Dralion" in Santa Monica, where he used to live. He was hooked! He even went to see it a second time during its run there.

I saw "Quidam" when it came to Atlanta, but I'm planning on going to see it in Columbus. Yes, I said Columbus.

Cirque's "Quidam" can be seen at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 11 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 12 in the Columbus Civic Center. Instead of its familiar yellow and white tent, this show has been reconfigured for an arena tour.

Cirque du Soleil, one of Canada's most popular exports, features acrobats, aerialists, comedians, singers, dancers and musicians. But don't expect lions and tigers and bears. This circus has no animals.

"Quidam," first presented in 1996, is about Zoe, a bored young girl who slides into an imaginary world she calls Quidam. She meets magical people on her journey, who urge her to free her soul.

Tickets are $37.50-$102.50; $30.50-$82.50 for children ages 12 and younger; $34-$92.50 for military personnel, seniors 65 and older and students. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 15.

Call the box office at 706-653-4460. To order tickets through Ticketmaster, call 800-745-3000.

Tickets are also available at Publix grocery stores. Tickets sales there are cash only, and there will be a service charge.