Jul 17, 2007


Oddfellows Playhouse and the Middletown Commission on the Arts present “Circus Reversus,” the spectacular final performance of the 19th annual Children’s Circus of Middletown. This one-time-only show will be presented on Friday, August 3 at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School and feature over 200 young stilters, jugglers, clowns, unicyclists, dancers, and acrobats. Live music is performed by a 15-piece Circus Band, led by well-known local musician Dirck Westervelt.

“Circus Reversus,” under the direction of Jake Weinstein, turns the tables on what we expect to see. In acts taking a wacky approach to life, lions tame humans, mosquitoes sit around a campfire being tormented by people, giraffes give a dinner party, and protesters agitate for higher gas prices.

The Children’s Circus of Middletown is a 5-week half-day program of training in circus skills for young people ages 8 to 14. This is the seventh year of a challenging full-day Advanced Circus Program for 40 veteran circus participants, ages 12-15, to help them take their skills to the next level. The Children’s Circus is part of the City of Middletown’s Kids Arts 2007, with additional funding from the Middlesex United Way.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come and enjoy a gala spectacle that has become a summer tradition.Circus Reversus” begins at 5 pm. at Spencer Elementary School, located on 207 Westfield Street in Middletown. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Rain date for the performance is Saturday, August 4 at 12 noon.

For more information, call Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.