Circus will perform at Pony Village this week
By Tim Novotny, The World
June 29, 2012
NORTH BEND — The circus is coming to town, with a traditional “big top” tent going up at the Pony Village Mall for shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4.
The American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio will perform two shows each night.
Frank Osorio says the circus has been in his family for five generations and brings with it some entertainers from all over the world, including a chair balancing act from the Moscow State Circus, a trapeze artist from Argentina, and master magician and illusionist Roberto Carlos Osorio.
The only things you won’t see are the big animals, like elephants and tigers. Frank Osorio says properly caring for thse animals creates quite an expense, so for economic reasons the circus tours without them. That’s not to say you won’t see any animals. Osorio says one of their acts, not to be missed, features a miniature dancing horse.
All of this is also expected to add a little Independence Day holiday boost to the Pony Village Mall.
Mall marketing director Bonnie Hayes says they’ve been trying to get a circus to stop by for years, after getting numerous comments from shoppers reminiscing about the circus visits of their youth. “The mall is a community center, so we try to bring in things that the community wants,”
So she was pleasantly surprised when this particular circus made contact with the mall and asked if it could stop and perform on its way to Portland.
“They called us and we’re just happy that they did,” said Hayes.
“This will bring people out,” she added. “And hopefully go to the mall to eat, or go to the movies afterwards, or go shopping.”
Show times are at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under, though a number of free children’s tickets are available at stores inside the mall and around town, limited to two per family.
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