Circus to be in Bismarck for two days
By JESSICA HOLDMAN | Bismarck Tribune
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The circus is back in town with lots of new acts, including a singing ringmaster and a movie star elephant.
Five white tigers, “the human cannonball” Jennifer Smith, the Poema family acrobats and other performers will take to the ring for The Missouri Slope Shrine Circus at the Bismarck Civic Center Friday and Saturday.
Rosie, the elephant from the movie “Water for Elephants,” will dance for the crowd and stand on her hind legs.
In the Poema family act the father will juggle his children with his feet as they tumble and flip, said show producer Cindy Migley. The Hannefords, a family of four children ages 5 to 16 and their father, will perform on the Russian swing. The swing is a large pendulum. When it swings to a certain height, the performers will let go and do somersaults into a net
“The show is really geared to be family oriented,” Migley said. “You’ll see a lot of kids running around.”
The Vitals, a husband and wife, will do their crossbow act. He will shoot balloons as his wife holds them in her teeth Migley said. He also will shoot an arrow through an apple on her head. Catherine Hanneford will perform her bareback trick riding act and then be lifted into the air for an aerial ballerina display.
There also will be elephant and pony rides, face painting and a moon bounce during intermission and after the show. Twenty bicycles will be given away to kids at every performance.
“It’s going to be as good or better as it always has,” Charlie Jeske, Civic Center general manager, said.
Reserved seats are $16 and general admission is $12. All profits will go to the Shriners to help sick children.
“It's a great event,” Jeske said. “It's good for the young and young at heart and it's for a good cause.”
Performances start at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday's performances are at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.
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