Best bet: Tripoli Shrine Circus coming to Marathon Park
by-Carrie Hutton, Wausau Daily Herald
Jun. 14, 2012
There are five chances to see the Tripoli Shrine Circus this weekend.
Enchanting elephants, tantalizing tigers and amazing acrobats will dazzle crowds at the Marathon Park Ice Arena, 1201 Stewart Ave. in Wausau.
The three-ring circus features a popular white tiger act, a new daredevil act and a dog act called Oodles of Poodles.
Nina Carden is one of the Shrine Circus aerialists.
“It looks like I’m dancing in the air,” she said. She has performed for four years in the Shrine Circus, about 11 months out of the year, averaging 16 shows a week.
“Every single act is a risk,” Carden said. “But I love the physicality of my job. I don’t get scared, and I feel confident in my skills.”
Carden said the crowd adds a lot to the performance, and that playing in a smaller arena helps performers put on a better show because they can see the audience members’ reactions.
This year’s show has a Broadway theme and new costumes and music.
Carden said the elephant, Bo, will play trumpet, harmonica and drums.
Members of the Tripoli Shriners have provided some free tickets, available throughout the community. It is free for children ages 2 and younger. Tickets will be $12 for up to age 12, and $16 for adults.
Showtimes are 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Children who arrive ahead of showtime might be invited to ride an animal or have their faces painted.