The circus is coming to town! “Circus 1903” recreates an old-time circus. It will be at the Schuster Center June 13-18. SUBMITTED PHOTO
WHAT TO EXPECT
The acts on view will range from teeter-board acrobatics and juggling to cycling and high wire.
Many of the performers on stage come from multi-generational circus families in France, Ukraine, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Russia. The technical crew numbers 50.
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“Circus 1903” features acts from around the world that would have been popular 100 years ago. SUBMITTED PHOTO
WHAT NOT TO EXPECT
To address the live animal dilemma, producers came up with an interesting substitution. The animals, so integral to circuses of the past, will be represented by puppets created by the folks of Significant Object, who brought us the amazing life-like horses in “Warhorse.”
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Elephant puppets star in “Circus 1903” which comes to the Schuster Center June 13-18. SUBMITTED PHOTO
"The history of circus is so fascinating. It's such a beautiful art and a hundred years ago it was the only style of entertainment, " says director Neil Dorward. "We wanted to tell a different side of the story — about the hard work that was required of these performers and about their human capabilities."
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It’s hard work for the crew as well. Dorward says creating a big top inside a proscenium stage that varies with every city is a challenge. “The set design is quite complicated,” he says. “We consulted circus people about the rigging, the high wire acts. We toured the world for the best acts out there.”
“Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus” features life-sized elephant puppets created by the award-winning puppeteer artists of “War Horse.” Contributed by the Long Center
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: "Circus 1903," a romantic tribute to the Golden Age of Circus
WHEN: June 13-18
WHERE: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton
RECOMMENDED: For ages 6 and up. The show runs two hours plus intermission.
TICKETS: Prices range from $30-$97. Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or online at www.Circus1903.com. Group rates are available at (937) 461-8295.