MERIDEN – Saying something is “like a circus” is generally not a complement.
But in Meriden, in the wake of five resoundingly successful shows by Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars this past week, that phrase may soon take on a new meaning.
Cole Bros., billed as “the world’s largest circus under the big top,” and in operation since 1884, rolled into town early Wednesday morning and quickly proceeded to erect a 25,000-square foot tent on the city-owned Hub property between Pratt and State streets for four scheduled shows Wednesday and Thursday.But reaction to the circus was so popular, and show tickets were snapped up so quickly, that Cole Bros. added a fifth unscheduled show Thursday evening simply to accommodate demand.
“That’s very rare, especially on a weekday,” according to Rodney West, the circus’ marketing director. “We were thrilled, absolutely thrilled, about the turnout.”
West said that three of Cole Bros. five shows were sellouts – the tent could accommodate 2,000 spectators – and that the afternoon show Wednesday afternoon and the unscheduled performance Thursday evening both drew well over 1,500 spectators.