Jul 29, 2014

Children's Circus in The Courant

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Oddfellows Children's Circus Makes 26th Annual Performance Aug. 1 In Middletown

Jul 18, 2014

CIRCUS SAVES THE DAY! August 1st, 2014

Thursday July 10th, 2014
CONTACT PERSON:  Kristen Palmer
(860) 347-6143

26th Annual Children’s Circus of Middletown to perform August 1

Middletown, Conn.  --  The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Oddfellows Playhouse presents the 26th Children’s Circus of Middletown: CIRCUS SAVES THE DAY!  This original, one-time-only show will be performed on Friday August 1 at 5 PM at Macdonough School, 66 Spring St. Middletown CT.  In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday August 2nd, 5pm.  Tickets are available on the day of show, $5 for adults/$3 for children.

The Children’s Circus of Middletown is an exceptional community-wide program where entire families come together with professional circus artists and designers to create this one-of-a-kind spectacle. Director Jason Leinwand, now in his 3rd year as Circus Director and 14th year with the circus and his says, “Circus Saves the Day will feature amazing displays of circus arts by our 170+ talented youth performers as they explore the themes of rescue and heroism. Will the Children's Circus be able to save us from death defying fire hoops, speeding locomotives and a countdown towards eminent danger!? “

The Children’s Circus is a 5-week, program involving children ages 8-14. Many circus graduates continue with the program as counselors, artists, musicians and directors.  Participants learn a variety of circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, clowning, and visual arts while they build confidence, friendships, creativity and teamwork.  The campers’  hard work culminates in the main event on August 1st which also features a live circus band of local musicians led by Eric Kuhn, costumes by Marion Imbruglio, and scenic and prop design by local artist Luke Reinhold. 

Stephan Allison, Coordinator of the City Arts Office, describes the long running project by saying, “The Children's Circus has been a mainstay of the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts programming for more than a quarter century. It has proven its success by its long life and the dedication to the Circus from its graduates, from the first to the present. Our present director is an early graduate of the Circus and carries on the tradition. Beyond that tradition, new elements are developed annually and incorporated into the program. The evolution of the Circus is a process and we look forward to that process being with us another quarter century or more. The joy the Circus brings to the children who join is no less than that of the joy seen in the eyes of children attending the circuses of yesteryear. The difference here is that the children become the Circus.”

Join us and become a part of the legacy!  Bring a lawn chair to Macdonough School and enjoy the spectacle.  The 26th Children’s Circus of Middletown: CIRCUS SAVES THE DAY! will perform at 5 PM on August 2 at 66 Spring Street in Middletown.  Parking is limited to street locations, so carpooling is recommended. The Macdonough School lot is reserved for handicapped and elderly patrons.  Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

The Children’s Circus is part of the Middletown Commission on the Arts Kids Arts program.  The circus is made possible by the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Middlesex United Way, The Middletown Board of Education and Oddfellows Playhouse’s many generous supporters including this year’s circus sponsors Wesleyan University, Dzialo Pickett & Allen, La Boca Mexican Restaurant, Liberty Bank, and the Shapiro Law Firm.

For more information call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143 or log onto www.oddfellows.org. 

About Oddfellows Playhouse:
Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown.   For nearly 40 years the Oddfellows Playhouse mission has been  to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by using the arts as tools to build self-confidence, communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation for the richness and diversity of the world in which we live.