Big City Circus

The Big City Circus – 25th Children’s Circus of Middletown will wow the audience Friday evening, August 2, with stilt walkers, acrobats, clowns, jugglers and an array of skits and performances – including a 12-foot Godzilla puppet – when they give their only performance at 5 p.m. at Macdonough School in Middletown.  The performance will be the culmination of a five-week program run by the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and the hard work of about 130 children ages 8 to 14.  The circus usually draws a large crowd so arriving early to get a good spot is advised.

“This is one of the best things Middletown has,” said director Jason Leinwand. “Everything is ensemble-based. It required team work, communication, imagination. Kids don’t spend the summer in a video-game bubble. They have to interact.” (From story by Susan Dunne.)

Kadin Eason, 13, of Middletown, practices his juggling act during a rehearsal of the Big City Circus  at Macdonough School.  Eason is taking part in the program for the first time this summer and loves the team-building aspect of the circus.  "It's awesome!" he said.

2013.07.30 – Middletown, CT – Kadin Eason, 13, of Middletown, practices his juggling act during a rehearsal of the Big City Circus at Macdonough School. Eason is taking part in the program for the first time this summer and loves the team-building aspect of the circus. “It’s awesome!” he said.

Counselor Mariah Perry, of Middletown, (right) steadies Sa-cario Freeman, 8, (cq) also of Middletown, as he practices the unicycle during a rehearsal for the  Big City Circus.

Counselor Mariah Perry, of Middletown, (right) steadies Sa-cario Freeman, 8, (cq) also of Middletown, as he practices the unicycle during a rehearsal for the Big City Circus.

While playing "Tea Party," Luke Szewczyk, 8, (center) misses the cup held out by Eddy Guckin, 14, (second from right) as he pours the "tea" from a water bottle while blindfolded during a clowning exercise. Joining the fun are Jaylen McEachern, 12, (left) and Joshua Shaw, 13 (right).  Clowning teacher John Rossi stands second from left.  All are from Middletown.

While playing “Tea Party,” Luke Szewczyk, 8, (center) misses the cup held out by Eddy Guckin, 14, (second from right) as he pours the “tea” from a water bottle while blindfolded during a clowning exercise. Joining the fun are Jaylen McEachern, 12, (left) and Joshua Shaw, 13 (right). Clowning teacher John Rossi stands second from left. All are from Middletown.

Abby Rancourt, 14, of Middletown, practices acrobatics with a mini trampoline during rehearsal. Rancourt, who has been taking part in the circus program for four years, is one of the advance performers.

Abby Rancourt, 14, of Middletown, practices acrobatics with a mini trampoline during rehearsal. Rancourt, who has been taking part in the circus program for four years, is one of the advance performers.

Jayden McClanahan, 8, of Middletown, practices the devil sticks during circus rehearsal. Of all the skills the campers get to try out during the five-week program, juggling is McClanahan's favorite.

Jayden McClanahan, 8, of Middletown, practices the devil sticks during circus rehearsal. Of all the skills the campers get to try out during the five-week program, juggling is McClanahan’s favorite.

Victoria Bomani, 13, of Middletown, goes airborn off a trampoline while rehearsing with the advanced circus performers.  This is Bomani's sixth year with the circus.

Victoria Bomani, 13, of Middletown, goes airborn off a trampoline while rehearsing with the advanced circus performers. This is Bomani’s sixth year with the circus.

Counselor Regis O'Neill, 16, (left) shows camper Michael Burrill, 10, (right) how to balance on a rolling globe as Burrill gets a hand from counselor Micaela D'Antonio, 18.

Counselor Regis O’Neill, 16, (left) shows camper Michael Burrill, 10, (right) how to balance on a rolling globe as Burrill gets a hand from counselor Micaela D’Antonio, 18.

Circus director Jason Leinwand blows a conch shell to signify a transition of activities during circus rehearsals.

Circus director Jason Leinwand blows a conch shell to signify a transition of activities during circus rehearsals.

Circus performers form a circle at the end of the day's rehearsal at Macdonough School.

Circus performers form a circle at the end of the day’s rehearsal at Macdonough School.

 

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