Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Piccadilly Circus is in town Thursday night, November 17th.
Not the popular London shopping district, but a real traveling big top of trapeze artists, daredevils and exotic animals complete with all the glitz and crowd-pleasing excitement audiences have come to associate with the circus.
According to a news release, Piccadilly Circus is celebrating 25 years entertaining families throughout North America. One of the busiest traveling circuses today, it boasts acts ranging from the traditional to the sublime.
Among them: the Elephant Extravaganza, where you’ll witness Oka, a 9,000-pound Asian pachyderm standing atop a 3-foot-round ball before rolling across the circus ring; Motorcycle Madness, where two-wheeled daredevils somersault and spin inside the giant Globe of Doom. For those who prefer being up close and personal with bizarre beasts, there’s Katunga, the giant jungle monster; the White Tiger Spectacular; and Rocky, a 250-pound kangaroo who enjoys comedic audience participation.
High atop the flying trapeze, you’ll be astounded by a troupe of acrobats, plus world-renowned contortionists the Mongolian Angels, who can pretzel themselves with ease.
Of course, no circus would be complete without clowns, who will keep you in stitches as they try making the big top rounds in a 1923 Model T Ford with a “mind of its own.”
Doors open one hour before show time, and each show runs 90 minutes. Special pricing is available.
When: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St.
Admission: $28; free for 13 and under with coupon. Limited VIP ringside is $35 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets available at box office.
Information: 661-833-4900 or 941-552-9952 or thefuncircus.com
*Also printed in The Bakersfield Californian, 11-17-11