The circus is in town!
Big Apple troupe invites audiences to 'Dream Big' and bid farewell to Grandma the Clown
International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin and his unforget-table clown, Grandma, say farewell to Big Apple Circus in this tour. Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus.
By Tracey Dee Rauh
Thu Apr 05, 2012
'Twas a time, not so long ago, when the circus was a primary form of entertainment for the American population.
For adults, these travelling spectacles that numbered more than 100 around the country performing for as many as 12,000 spectators per show, were not only fun to watch. They also were a means for acquiring information about the world at large, especially outside cities.
For children, they were one of the greatest thrills of growing up in 19th- and 20th-century America. And 12 years into the millennium, the ecstasy remains.
"The circus is the only ageless delight that you can buy for money," wrote the great American author Ernest Hemingway. "Everything else is supposed to be bad for you. But the circus is good for you. It's the only spectacle I know that, while you watch it, gives the quality of a truly happy dream."
Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus. The Shandong Acrobats from China surprise audiences with their 11–man human juggling show
Lucky for us, the tradition continues: The Big Apple Circus has raised its big top at Boston's City Hall Plaza, where it will remain through May 13. In its 34th season and in the spirit of Hemingway's quote, the World's Greatest Circus invites the audience to "Dream Big," with an all-new show in an intimate tent. No seat is further than 50 feet from the ring.
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