March 30, 2012
Excitement overload! That's the best description for the fun that's to be had at the All Star International Circus; and with one show left tonight, it's not to be missed.
The family-oriented event staged by Soft Touch Productions will feature all new acts at Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gym in its final showing tonight at 8 p.m. It's expected to be a fun, topsy-turvy occasion for the young and the young at heart. "You've seen Casual Cal's Bumping Big Show Circus for the first two years, but this time around we have the All Star International Circus with acts from all over the world Canada, the U.S. and even Europe," said organizer Gloria Wallace. Acts include a strongmanfrom the Ukraine, a high wire act family from Canada, a couple who specialize in quick change, a clown who will ride the world's smallest bicycle, a contortionist, an acrobat, and for the first time, an animal act with three trained performing dogs. Wallace said that it would definitely not be the same circus acts people saw last year.
The excitement overload she said will leave the audience begging for more. "This circus aims to bring families together," said Wallace."There are too many events out there for certain age groups but not enough for the whole family. We want this to be a great opportunity to go out with grandma and the kids. It is something that will get everyone excited. Of course we have had matinee shows for the kids who may not get the chance to go on the weekend.
But for the adults who are young at heart, or parents who want to supervise their children the evening showings are just for you." Prior to coming to New Providence, the All Star International Circus stopped in Grand Bahama where Wallace said they received rave reviews. She hoped for the same response from the New Providence crowd. And as families enjoy the circus, Wallace wanted them to have fun while realizing that proceeds from the raffles drawn throughout the event would go toward charities like R.E.A.C.H, which will celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April, as well as primary schools that are in need. Tanya Carey foresees this event as the perfect setting for her family to get together for fun and excitement. "The circus is a perfect way to start off a great family evening.
The kids will be entertained and we adults will have a good time too. Then afterwards we intend to go out to bowl andget something to eat. So to me this is the makings of a good evening. I've been to the circus before and it has been a wonderful experience so I anticipate that this year will be just as good if not even better," she said. Being able to take his two daughters out for an evening of clean fun is all Gregg Mackey, 38, wants to do. He had planned to do a movie and fast food with them but since hearing about the circus coming to town, he is excited to have a more interesting alternative. "If the circus hadn't come to town for this weekend I was sure I would be suckered into seeing yet another kiddie movie that I struggle to stay awake in. I think the circus will be just as entertaining for me as it will be for them. I was a bit skeptical at first thinking it would be with animals like elephants and tigers which I don't think is safe for my kids. But since most of the show is about human acrobatics and performance, I am much happier and I think Sasha and Kayla will be excited."
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Seventeen Shop, Original Swiss Pastry Shop, Conliffe Bakery and Carey's Department Store. The Circus When:Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31 Where:Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium Time: 8 p.m. Cost: Children$15; general $20; VIP $25
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