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Work's a circus: the life of Cirque's production manager

Performers go over their act before opening night at Quidam in Kelowna (Gillianne Richards/CBC)
Growing up, Sheldon Abel spent his Sundays on the rink in Revelstoke, B.C.

The hockey player developed a few other skills as well including carpentry and marketing at BCIT.

But when the call came for a shot at a lucrative career Sheldon flipped for the chance. He traded his ball cap for a top hat and joined Cirque du Soleil.

The Quebec-based company is in Kelowna this week, with the show Quidam, and so is Sheldon as the Production Stage Manager for the North American tour of the show.

Daybreak's Gillianne Richards goes behind the scenes at Cirque de Soleil's production of Quidam, to learn how a hockey boy from Revelstoke came to manage one of the biggest traveling acts in North America and what it takes to run off with the circus.
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