We've seen their shows in Duluth for years, but the pandemic has now forced the company to make a drastic move.

According to the Star Tribune, VStar Entertainment Group based in Fridley, which is owned by Cirque de Soleil Entertainment Group, permanently laid off all of its 139 employees yesterday.

The move came after Cirque de Soleil Entertainment Group filed for bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to perform any of its shows. 3,340 other employees of the company worldwide were also let go.

VStar produced 'Paw Patrol Live', 'Nick Jr. Live', 'Trolls Live' along with other family shows. They also make mascots various companies and props like the 16ft Gjallarhorn hanging in U.S. Bank Stadium.

“For the past 36 years, Cirque du Soleil has been a highly successful and profitable organization. However, with zero revenues since the forced closure of all of our shows due to COVID-19, management had to act decisively to protect the Company’s future,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.

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