The circus is coming! The circus is coming!
The young and the young at heart are being cordially invited to witness a spectacle for the senses when, for the second year running, a circus troupe will converge on Newberg.
The Flynn Creek Circus will stage its unique brand of magic in six shows beginning Sept. 19 under a big top tent at Northside Community Church, 1800 Hoskins St. This year's theme for the afternoon and evening shows is "Out of Hat," which tells the tale of a magician's hat from the perspective of the rabbit as the troupe explores "the magic of physics and the physics of magic," according to a release.
"Flynn Creek Circus has a different storyline every season that the circus acts are woven into," said Nicole Laumb, marketing manager for the troupe. "This year's story follows a rabbit's journey out of a magician's hat."
The rabbit's journey portrayed during the performances will be anything but boring, the release claimed: "Meet the sinister magician, the revolutionist bunnies, a two-headed girl and more as you are guided by international award-winning performers through a show like no other."
Featured performers will be "Gentlemen Jugglers" Kris and Harrison Kremo, an acrobatic troupe from Las Vegas called "Off Axis," character actor Amelia Van Brunt and more.
The Mendocino County, Calif., based troupe, now in its 17th year of performing, was formed by director Blaze Birge, who performs intricate aerial acts on ropes and trapeze with fellow circus director David Jones under the stage name Daring Jones Duo. The troupe numbers 23 members, including aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, comedians, musicians and the technical support folks behind the scenes. This year's tour started in June and will continue through end of September at 15 cities in northern California and Oregon.
Laumb said all performance are appropriate for all ages and the big top tent will hold about 280 people.
"Audiences have had great reactions and we have enjoyed all of the cities on the tour thus far," she added.
Laumb urged area residents to attend because the performances are unique."A circus is unlike any other show you will see and should be experienced at least once in a lifetime," she said. "The big top tent offers a unique nostalgia and brings the audience in close with performers sharing years of training in their craft and demonstrating daring stunts. … It is a place to be inspired and to make memories. You have to see it to believe it."
Performances are set for 7 p.m. Sept. 19, 20 and 21, with matinees slated for 3 p.m. Sept. 21, 1 p.m. Sept. 22 and 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets for opening night are $11 for children, $22 for adults. Half-priced tickets for children will be offered for the Sept. 22 matinee when purchased online with an adult ticket. Advance online tickets for all other shows are $12 for children, $27 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and veterans. Door prices are $15 for children, $32 for adults and $25 for seniors. VIP front row seating is $50 a ticket and includes popcorn or cotton candy, a drink and a souvenir program. Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting www.flynncreekcircus.com.
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