ISU's Gamma Phi Circus set to fly higher than ever in its 85th year
Illinois State University's Gamma Phi Circus will feature such favorites as the Wall Trampoline at this weekend's performances in Redbird Arena.
By Dan Craft
April 10, 2014
NORMAL,IL— Past and present are set to cross paths in high-flying style at the 85th edition of Illinois State University's Gamma Phi Circus this weekend.
A couple distinguished guests, an improved edition of an old favorite and a brand new thematic element are just part of the fun scheduled for the performances in Redbird Arena, at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Gamma Phi's director, Marcus Alouan, says he is especially excited about those special guests: Barbara Theriault, daughter of late circus founder Clifford Horton, who hasn't attended a circus performance for several decades.
Also in attendance will be Gamma Phi's longest-lived alumnus, Bob Walsh, who turned 100 this year and will make the trek from his home in Farmer City.
“It's very exciting to have Barbara coming to town since one of our traditions for each year's performance weekend is to visit the grave of Clifford Horton, where we leave flowers and tell stories about him that we've gathered over the years,” says Alouan, whose association with the circus began as undergraduate student at ISU in 1998 and climaxed with his becoming director in 2010.