One of my most vivid memories of high school English, particularly my junior and senior years, is not the teacher or books/plays I read, but a brightly color brochure that hung on the classroom’s front bulletin board. When someone would forget their homework or answer a question incorrectly, this teacher would point to the brochure and tell us that if we didn’t shape up, the only institute of higher learning we’d be accepted into would be Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College!
Despite my teacher’s attempt to dissuade us, in class I often daydreamed of what it would be like to actually run away and join the circus. It would be adventurous – working closely with wild animals and dancing high above the crowds on the high-wire without a safety net! It would also be exotic – performing under the big top and traveling the world, a different city every week! As much as this life seemed appealing to me, reality set in and I realized that I am in no way a “performer” and would be much better off as a career gal and mom!
Well, I got to be that daydreaming circus girl once again this past weekend when the entire family went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built To Amaze!” at the new beautiful Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, which is running there now through April 1.
Photo courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
This was the kidlets’ first circus and they had no idea what they were in for. As the lights turned down and the live music started (which definitely made a difference than canned sound), you could feel both the excitement and energy from the crowd. There were oohs, aahs and lots of laughs all around us throughout the show.
There’s a reason Ringling Bros. circuses are called “The Greatest Show On Earth,” the show was filled with truly amazing acts. Some of our favorites included:
King Charles Troupe, who are like the Harlem Globetrotters, but on unicycles;
Of course the parade of horses and elephants never disappoints, but there was one part of the show that the kidlets have not stopped talking about! It was when Elliana Grace, the youngest female cannonballer ever, got shot out of a cannon over 45 feet in the air and at a speed of 65 MPH. It is outstanding how she does it.
We all had such a good time and my daughter is already asking if she can be a clown for Halloween this year!
If Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey’s “Built To Amaze!” show is coming to you town, make sure you don’t miss it. Tickets prices are reasonable and can fit any family’s budget ranging from $20 to $160 (Circus Celebrity Seats). You can buy tickets at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information on shows in your specific area and ticket availability, you can visit www.Ringling.com.
Now it’s your turn to share! What is your favorite animal to see at the circus?
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