By Christopher Nichols
Taunton Gazette staff reporter
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Two circuses will be coming to the Greater Taunton Area in the coming weeks with performances scheduled in Rehoboth and Berkley.
Circus Vidbel will be making its way to Rehoboth on June 22 and 23 with up to 50 percent of proceeds from tickets purchased in advance going to the Rehoboth Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The PTSA still receives a smaller share of tickets sold at the door.
“The trucks will arrive late Wednesday night, and they will be setting up the tents on Thursday,” said Dick Georgia, who has been helping to sponsor a circus in Rehoboth since the town’s 350th anniversary in 1993.
Circus Vidbel has scheduled four performances at the Redway Plain on Route 44 near Bay State Road and Danforth Street. Performances will begin at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on June 22 and 1:30 and 4 p.m. on June 23.
All tickets are general admission and may be purchased in advance for $9 at the Chartley Country Store on Route 118, Viveiros Insurance Agency in the Rehoboth Post Office Building on Route 44, and in Seekonk at the Newman YMCA on Route 44.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.
“What you should expect is to have a great time and be entertained,” Georgia said.
Now in its 24th tour, Circus Vidbel has added new acts for the 2012 season such as the Benna Sandlofer Riding Act, a Vidbel Dressage Riding Act and the Chicago Boyz.
The Benna Sandlofer Riding Act is a trick horse riding act that promises to be a “dangerous, death-defying display of balance and acrobatic horsemanship”, according to a press release. The Chicago Boyz are an inner-city, fast-paced acrobatic performance that includes a rope jumping act.
The circus will also feature aerialists, clowns, juggling acts, performing dogs, horses, ponies and live music, among other performers. This year will also feature a preshow presentation in Center Ring that will include children from the audience.
“The performances are exciting with a lot of fast-moving acts,” Georgia said. “…They have a long history of performing here.”
In Berkley, the Kelly Miller Circus will be performing on Thursday, June 28 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Hill and Hollow Farm, 118 South Main St. The Berkley Lions Club is sponsoring the circus with proceeds benefiting the Lions eye research, diabetes awareness, hearing foundations and various local charities.
“It’s always a good show, great family show,” said Tony Andrade, president of the Berkley Lions Club.
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