Reinventing the circus for today’s entertainment-saturated children

rey_andresFor over a hundred years circus has been around us and has always been associated with the summer season.

At the Honda Center after wowing the crowds at the Staple Center previously, the “Greatest Show on Earth” lived to its billing as a must see entertainment fare for the summer with a massive show of spectacular talent of men whose indulgence in death defying acts looked like second nature and a parade of animals of many sizes.

Century 21 Classic Estates Summer Picnic: Cerritos-based Century 21 Classic Estates and its sister companies teamed up for the companies’ annual family picnic for their employees, associates and friends at Liberty Park in Cerritos. More than 500 attended the event of one of the most successful real estate companies in California that caters to a multi-ethnic homebuyers. Shown are some of the attendees of the Hawaiian-themed tradition – (from L-R), Eugenia Delfin, Realtor Rosalie Macapagal, Annabel Washington, Ina Dahilig, Leila M and Lydia Howatt.

Century 21 Classic Estates Summer Picnic: Cerritos-based Century 21 Classic Estates and its sister companies teamed up for the companies’ annual family picnic for their employees, associates and friends at Liberty Park in Cerritos. More than 500 attended the event of one of the most successful real estate companies in California that caters to a multi-ethnic homebuyers. Shown are some of the attendees of the Hawaiian-themed tradition – (from L-R), Eugenia Delfin, Realtor Rosalie Macapagal, Annabel Washington, Ina Dahilig, Leila M and Lydia Howatt.

Death defying features, a dozen tigers and lions, beautiful horses, colorful costumes and spectacular light effects combined to make for a two-hour extravaganza that left the audience breathless.

“Out of this world” which premiered at the Staples Center is Ringling Bros’ newest show and is a culmination of two years of hard work by its producer Alana Feld where running a circus is in her blood. The new circus show is actually an effort to reinvent the traditional circus to “recapture the interest of today’s entertainment-saturated children.”

Circus at Honda Center: Honda Center in Orange County became the second stop of the great tradition of circus of the Ringling Bros group which featured innovations and features to attract the new generation of kids (and their parents too). The colorful finale put an exclamation point to the two-hour show.

Circus at Honda Center: Honda Center in Orange County became the second stop of the great tradition of circus of the Ringling Bros group which featured innovations and features to attract the new generation of kids (and their parents too). The colorful finale put an exclamation point to the two-hour show.

With the iconic elephants out of the acts, the circus took on a different mode that resulted in something different. To fill the void with the elephants out of the picture,  the decision had to be made by its owners “to move the circus to the ice and give it a story line, similar to the Disney on Ice to appeal to a new generation of kids as its audience.”

With the reaction of the audience to the innovation at the Honda Center show, it appeared that the formula had been a success.

In spite of the new elements introduced in the show like high resolution projectors, hundreds of lighting fixtures and others, the most traditional acts still remain the heart of the show which include the breathe-taking performance of trapeze artists, lions and tigers, a ring master and skillful and physically-endowed horsemen and women.

The new circus version was indeed full of innovations and a seeing the show is a must do activity for this summer season.

The circus came to the U.S. in 1793 through John Bill Rickets, an English equestrian rider who used a ring and added acrobats, a rope walker and a clown to go with his equestrian act. There was no elephant being used at that time yet which only came about only in the 1800s. It has evolved with thousand innovations ever since.

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