By Jessica Kartalija

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Performers from around the world are at 1st Mariner Arena for Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion.

Jessica Kartalija reports what happens behind the scenes is what ensures the show and its performers are perfect.

Elite artists from around the world come together to create Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion.

But what happens behind-the-scenes is crucial to creating a perfect performance.

Brian Strom is director of food service for the traveling show. It’s his job to create healthy and appetizing meals for the entire crew of 100.

“You’re talking about these guys going out on stage and burning anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 to 6,000 calories a day, and they eat like it,” Strom said.

Acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and crew members dine together backstage in a restaurant setting, where the food has to be fresh and the menu, innovative.

“We contact local chefs, venue chefs. If we go to a restaurant, that’s great. We ask ‘Hey, where did you get your beef from? Where did you get your produce from?'” Strom said.

What’s currently on the menu? Maryland crab cakes and always a ton of vegetables. For a team who lives on the road, it’s crucial they eat the closest thing to a home cooked meal.

“I have a blast. I have been doing this for over four years and I love it,” Strom said.

Tickets are still available for Dralion at the First Mariner Arena.


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