“Le Rêve — The Dream” audiences will soon have another way to experience — and perhaps better appreciate — a show that features acrobats, synchronized swimmers, dancers and other artists performing feats that have left thousands of theatergoers in awe.
In January, “Le Rêve” will begin offering backstage tours of the theater, giving audience members a chance to walk on the aquatic stage, go behind the scenes at pool level, look into the various crevices and workshops, and go up on the grid (the high point above the theater) to look down, said Rick Gray, general manager of entertainment operations for Wynn and Encore resorts.
The backstage offering comes as the show nears it’s 4,000th performance.
“In a way, it’s an enormous machine, and what people get to see is all the inner workings of this machine,” Gray said. “It’s a good opportunity for those people that have seen the show, and for our fans, to get a look behind the magic and see what we really do.”
“Le Rêve” opened in 2005 at Wynn Las Vegas in a custom theater that surrounds an aquatic stage. During any given night of the show, performers are seen diving into the stage, only to disappear.
They aren’t seen coming up for air, and some might imagine the aquatic dancers having lungs of dolphins — or, more likely, mermaids.
“Le Rêve’s” popular VIP packages that offer a personalized TV screen to view live backstage and underwater happenings and their high-end scuba diving experience give guests a glimpse of what happens when those performers enter the water.
The new backstage tour now fills in all the details.
Gray, who has given tours to Wynn executives and employees in the past, said the most interesting aspects of the tour are the little known details of what it takes to make a show with 90 performers and 137 technicians succeed.
“It’s so over the top,” Gray said. “The fact that we go through 1,300 to 1,600 towels a day, the fact that we use 23,000 pounds of ice a year for bumps and bruises, and 15,000 ibuprofen tablets.”
Every performer, he said, who “flies” in the show, meaning they are hooked up to an apparatus has their own rigger. If the performer is in the pool, a scuba diver is waiting to give them oxygen.
“I think a lot of people are interested in: How did they do that?” Gray said. It’s somebody who’s innately curious, they want to know a little bit more about something that they’ve seen, if they’re really in awe of what they’ve seen. Where did those people go to? Where did they come from? How did they swim off stage? I think there’s a great story to tell here.”
The cost of the 55-minute tour and a ticket to the middle, or premium, section of the theater is $249 and requires an advance booking of 48 hours.