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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Circus Vargas opens Thursday at Westminster Mall


Kenyan acrobatic performers, from left, Shida Nguwa, Omar Athuman, Peter Munga, and Marumbi Nzao, pitch in to raise the big tent in the parking lot of the Westminster Mall for Circus Vargas first leg of their Orange County tour. Shows will be in Westminster from May 19-30 then it will move to Santa Ana for five days then on to Irvine for another six days.

By DEEPA BHARATH

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

May 18, 2011

Workers raised the blue and gold Big Top on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Westminster Mall as the performers as Circus Vargas prepare to start their summer season in Orange County.Circus Vargas will put on shows Thursday through Memorial Day. They will then move to the Westfield Main Place Mall in Santa Ana and the Irvine Spectrum in June. The show on opening night will be at 7:30.

Vittorio Arata, left, tent master for Circus Vargas, plugs his ears as he keeps an eye on giant steel spikes being driven through the asphalt to support the giant circus tent being erected in the parking lot of the Westminster Mall.

LEONARD ORTIZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
This year, the circus will take viewers on an "artistic journey" in a series of vignettes showing the experiences, memories and visions of a circus performer traveling around the world. Circus Vargas' show will feature aerialists, clowns, acrobats and stunt performers. Spectators are also invited to a pre-show where Jon Weiss, star of the CBS show "The Amazing Race" will give them a sneak peek to life under the Big Top.According to statement released by Circus Vargas, the Big Top tent that distinguishes this circus was hand-made in Milan. It consists of 90,000 square feet of canvas fabric, which is supported by 500 individually placed stakes and more than four miles of rope and cable weighing about 17 tons. It seats about 1,200 people. It takes 20 men about seven hours to raise the Big Top.
The giant tent for Circus Vargas begins to take shape
in the parking lot at the Westminster Mall

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