SARASOTA, FL – For 73 years, students involved with the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Sailor Circus Academy have amazed audiences with an incredible spectacle of youth circus arts. In “The Greatest Little Show on Earth!” audiences from near and far will be enthralled as young athletes, ages 8-18, flip, fly and soar to new heights in a show that pays tribute to the origins and traditions of the circus arts. Show runs April 21-24.
Nearly 50 students will be featured in acts including: clowning; a Chinese-flavored combination contortion-acrobatics act; cloudswing; a three-ring-style act combining unicycle, bike and juggling; double-triple trapeze; acrobatics; Spanish Web; a solo clown act paying tribute to the late, great Lou Jacobs (CAC co-founder Dolly Jacobs’ father); high wire; an all-fabric aerial display utilizing the hammock and silks; slack rope; lyra; skating; and – the traditional closing act – the flying trapeze.
Jared Walker, creative director for the Sailor Circus, is in his third year with the CAC; this will be his seventh show.
“With the many components of the show – enhanced through the narrative presented by our Ringmasters – we have endeavored to honor the proud tradition of the circus arts, telling the story of how the origins of the circus arts have evolved to the modern circus of today,” said Walker. “While there is no over-arching theme this year, the true focus will be on the acts themselves, shining a spotlight on the incredible talents, dedication and fearlessness of these young performers.”
Audiences will enjoy gorgeous new costumes as well as state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and multimedia elements such as the LED big-screen in the Sailor Circus Arena. Music featured during the show will include numbers by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Nina Simone, “Skyfall” (from the James Bond movie), “2001 Space Odyssey,” “Blue Danube” and several classical selections.
Founded in 1949, the Sailor Circus Academy is the longest-running youth circus arts training program in the country, training students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The program teaches students more than 30 disciplines of circus arts as well as helps participants to learn life management skills, gain self-discipline, bolster confidence, and make a commitment to achievement.
“For 73 years, our Sailor Circus students have continued the tradition of training hard, developing their skills, and pushing the envelope in the circus arts,” said CAC head coach Miguel Vargas. “This year, we are excited to present a show where we will honor our proud circus traditions and introduce new, innovative ways of sharing our artistry. We are very proud of our students and invite everyone to come see them shine in ‘The Greatest Little Show on Earth!'”
“The Greatest Little Show on Earth!” runs from Thursday, April 21-Sunday, April 24 in the Sailor Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista, Sarasota). Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20-$35 and can be purchased via circusarts.org, by calling the Box Office at 941-355-9805, or secured in person at the Box Office on Bahia Vista Street, adjacent to the Sailor Circus Arena. Box Office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
About The Circus Arts Conservatory
The Circus Arts Conservatory, located in Sarasota, Fla., is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community-based outreach programs. The organization was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus artistry and education. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Go to CircusArts.org for more information.