Cole Bros. Circus in Brunswick, Georgia
Watch the 2013 edition of the Cole Bros. Circus on its stopover in Brunswick, Georgia shot with the Sony WX50 Cybershot camera.
I have a special connection to the Cole Bros. Circus. Back in 1996 when I was a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design I created a documentary about the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus entitled Under the Big Top as my senior project in the Video program there. I interviewed the ringmaster, tiger trainer, equestrian trainer, clowns, and the human cannonball. The documentary created a portrait of the circus that went beyond the glamour of the spotlight and showed the very human qualities of these performers that make the circus such a time-honored tradition. My fondest memories from this experience was the time I spent hanging out with the young clowns, most recent graduates of clown school, who even out-of-makeup were some of the funniest people I’d met in my life. This experience, inspired after reading fellow Savannah-native Bruce Feiler’s book Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus, gave me a permanent love for the circus.
Thus I was very excited to pass this love for the circus down to my now four year old daughter so when I saw they were coming to town I had to get front row seats to the excitement.
The show started even before entering the Big Top. Out front the clowns were milling around providing photo opportunities and a chance to buy a show program. After taking advantage of a few photo opportunities we headed for the entrance where we picked up the tickets we reserved online and went inside and found our seats.