Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! Come one, come all to the Circus of Sarasota!
My children love watching circus shows on television, but since we live in a small area, they have never been to a big circus. So, when we found out the Circus of Sarasota would be going on while we were in Sarasota, my husband and I knew we wanted to take the kids.
While Sarasota is home to the Ringling Brothers Circus and Museum, the Circus of Sarasota has no affiliation with them, except for the fact that Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacob-Reis are the co-founders. In case you are unfamiliar with the circus world, Dolly’s father, Lou Jacobs, is one of the world’s most recognizable clowns who worked for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus; he even had his face on a stamp.
Dolly Jacob-Reis is also the first circus performer to ever be awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts award, which is a big honor.
On the day my family was supposed to go to the Circus of Sarasota, it was our last day in Florida and my children were beginning to crumble. It had been days since they had got to play their toys and almost days since they were anywhere that they could freely play and they were beginning to wear down. That morning, my children woke up at the crack of dawn and barely got any sleep, so when we arrived at the Circus of Sarasota for the 7 o’clock, performance, it was already past my children’s bedtime and my husband and I were beginning to worry about how well they would behave.
Thankfully, when we arrived, though, things moved along pretty fast and, even though we arrived an hour early, there were enough things going on that my children were too amazed to think about having a meltdown.
When we finally got to give our tickets and walk in the mysterious, large red tunnel, the circus looked exactly like you would expect, except, it had actual chair seating, unlike the bleachers you normally find at most circuses.
From the moment we found our seats, my children were intrigued by all of the glowing lights and we even got them some circus snacks to munch on while we waited.
When the show finally did start, my children’s eyes opened wide with excitement, then it wasn’t long until the first act came out, Bello.
Bello may not look like you would expect a clown to look, but he has been called, “America’s Best Clown” by Times Magazine and featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for some of his more adventurous acts.
Bello started his act out sweeping the floor, but by the time he was done, my family was almost in tears laughing. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before my children nicknamed him, the funny man.
Bello made a few appearances throughout the night and he was a hoot! This guy did things unheard of like, getting stuck in a giant balloon and he actually performed his own circus acts.
No matter what Bello was doing, he made the circus funny and enjoyable for all ages.
That night, we saw some of the most extreme and enchanting circus acts like the award-winning juggler, Mario Berousek.
Mario Berousek is a native of the Czech Republic and mastered juggling when he was just eight years old! During his performance, he mesmerized with his juggling skills, all while enjoying the cheers from the crowd.
While all of the acts were pretty memorable, one of the next acts, the Pellegrini Brothers, act was out of this world! These guys actually balanced each other with nothing but their hands!
A group of four Italian brothers Ernaldo, Natale, Ivan, and Andrea stunned the crowd with their amazing hand-balancing act. During this performance, I did grimace a little, but I couldn’t bare to take my eyes off of them.
The brothers were so sturdy and calm during their performance that they actually made their performance look easy.
Although there were many more great acts during the two-hour long Circus of Sarasota, it would probably take a book to write about them all. So, if you’re planning a visit to Sarasota, I would highly recommend checking out the upcoming Circus of Sarasota performances. Not only will your family have hours of fun, but you will be supporting a great cause. The Circus of Sarasota is a non-profit company that puts their money back into the world of Circus Arts.
If you would like to learn more about the Circus of Sarasota or buy tickets to an upcoming performance, check out this website HERE.
And, in case you were wondering, our children didn’t have a meltdown during the whole show, instead, we ended up walking out with two kids asleep – they had watched till they dropped!