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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Circus Vidbel keeps high-flying art alive in Rehoboth


Taunton Gazette Photo | Mike Gay.
A ninth-generation circus performer, Ringmaster Dallas Zoppe works with her trained dogs at Circus Vidbel's show in Rehoboth on June 22, 2012.
By Gerry Tuoti
Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter
from: tauntongazette.com
Posted Jun 22, 2012
Rehoboth —
Suspended high above Redway Plain, trapeze artist Susan Vidbel twisted and twirled to the cheers of the audience crowded beneath the big top.
Circus Vidbel, which has been making periodic stops in Rehoboth since 1993, held two performances Friday and will wrap up its visit with two more shows today at 1:30 and 4 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Rehoboth Parent Teacher Student Association.
Ringmaster Dallas Zoppe wowed the children in the audience with her trained dogs. Zoppe, a ninth-generation circus performer, comes from a long line of animal trainers.
“Lions, tigers, bears, horses, all different animals,” she said.

Taunton Gazette Photo | Mike Gay.
 Susan Vidbel, owner of the circus, performs a new aerial act at Circus Vidbel's show in Rehoboth on June 22, 2012.
The performances in Rehoboth feature horses, clowns, aerialists and acrobats. The circus is held at Redway Plain on Route 44 near Bay State Road and Danforth Street. Tickets are $12 at the door or $9 in advance. Tickets were available in advance at Chartley Country Store, Viveiros Insurance and the Newman YMCA in Seekonk.
 Dick Georgia, who helped sponsor the show in 1993 to celebrate Rehoboth’s 350th anniversary, said he’s always found the circus intriguing. Many years ago, his father, he said, left a job as a funeral director to do marketing work for a circus
 
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Taunton Gazette Photo | Mike Gay.
From left, Theresa Dextraze and her children Aaron, 6, Nathan, 4, and Gwendolyn, 3, cool off with snow cones under the big top at Circus Vidbel's show in Rehoboth on June 22, 2012.
“It’s always been an interest of mine,” he said.
Zoppe, the animal trainer and ringmaster, said she loves life under the big top.
“I’ve been doing this all my life,” she said. “I’ve been all over the world. I performed in Japan with Ringling Brothers. I was in a circus in Malaysia, Canada.”
Performing in the circus keeps Zoppe, a resident of Sarasota, Fla., on the road for nearly 10 months out of the year.
“I love traveling and meeting new people,” she said. “It’s an incredible life. It’s an amazing work of art that’s dying off. It is an exceptionally fun life, though.”
Read more: http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/x1446659999/Circus-Vidbel-keeps-high-flying-art-alive-in-Rehoboth#ixzz1ygm7D8HC

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