POST: Big Apple Circus - release your inner kid
What's it about?
Get ready to travel back in time to a 1920's circus, with acts from around the world. How will you get there? Through a wide variety of transportation of course - traveling by ship, train, automobile, and airplane. To find everything from clowns to acrobats, and even animals!
What'd I experience?
I’ve been talking about this show ever since I found out I was going. To say I was excited is an understatement. The morning of the show, I got out of bed, and I let my inner kid take over for the day. I decided to wear a Super Mario t-shirt with tights, and I was out the door. As I was on the train, a couple of stops away from the theater, I check my e-mail to make sure I get off on the right stop. I find out the show is at 6:30pm not 12:30pm. Oops.
I guess I was a little too excited.
It all worked out though. I got to surprise my friends and stop by my old campus. I caught up with some old friends and my excitement only continued to grow. I missed them like crazy, and I felt like I was right back home. I was smiling and laughing to the point of tears, which is actually pretty common around those friends.
I find my way to the theater, and just like I imagined, the circus was held under a huge white tent. I got my ticket from the box office and entered. My eyes widened, and I became a full of kid-wonder. There was so much going on around me, and I wanted to take it all in. They had a bunch of merchandise stands, full of various spinning, glowing toys and t-shirts.
My eyes noticed the concession stand and I smiled to myself. I had this silly idea of what my experience would be like, and snacks were definitely on the list. I got what I considered to be the total kid package, which was popcorn and a juice box. It was definitely overpriced, but it was worth it to make the experience what I imagined it would be.
I get to my seat, and I noticed that the seats were small and packed together. They looked like they were meant only for kids. I felt like I was sandwiched between two big guys, but that couldn’t get me down. I was creating the experience I always imagined. Nothing could get me down.
Music was playing in the background, and I searched to find where it was coming from. There was a huge billboard filled with places from around the world. I noticed London, Paris and Marseille. Where is that? I googled and found out it's a part of France. When in doubt, google - Amiright? In the middle of the billboard was a space, which was where the band played. A live band. I definitely didn't expect that, but it was what was underneath that really caught my eye. They had bright blue lights that lit up the bold, capitalized words Big Apple Circus. Talk about va va voom.
Then, I noticed a clown saying hi to audience members. The kid in me got super excited. I wanted to meet him and get a picture. A few minutes later, I noticed another clown saying hi to audience members too. My mission became to get a picture with both clowns, but I became shy. I saw them together, and I mustered up the courage to get out of my seat and got a picture. I wasn’t going to regret anything on this great day. I went up to one of the clowns, and asked if I could get a selfie with the both of them. I take the selfie, and I was giddy as I walk back to my seat.
The show opened with the two clowns I met, and their various acts reminded me a lot of the Three Stooges, with two clowns instead of three. I found myself laughing really hard, even though I predicted what would happen in their acts. Their lighthearted comedy that was extremely over exaggerated made it that much funnier for me.
Skip, one of the clowns, was my favorite of the entire night. His silly, childish attitude and energetic personality reminded me a lot of myself. He was pulling a lot of pranks, just like I would, and he just seemed like the type of cool, fun person to I’d hang out with. But as a clown.
Then, there were The Energy Trio, which did handstands, and the African Acrobats. Have you ever felt another person’s pain just by watching them? That’s how I felt watching these two acts. It must have taken so much strength to hold their positions and move at the same time. Seeing the amount of focus and strength it took, I had so much respect and appreciation for what they did because I definitely couldn’t.
I've never been to the circus, so when they asked for volunteers, I raised my hand excitedly wanting to be picked. I noticed that only children were raising their hand on my side, so I began to look around the room. Only children were raising their hand. Them and the one crazy adult, which was me. I slowly began to lower my arm, but a part of me still kept it up because I still wanted to be picked. Just because I look like an adult doesn't mean I'm one at heart. I eventually pretended it was an arm cramp and put my hand down. I could only imagine what it looked like to anyone who noticed me raising my hand, but I still stand by it. I stand by it so much that I did it again when they asked for volunteers later in the show. Once a kid, always a kid.
The wheel of wonder took my breath away. I was actually holding my breath, hoping that everything went okay. In the wheel of wonder, the men in the act made tiny mistakes, which could have been extremely deadly. At one point, one of the men slipped while in the air, and I held my breath. He looked like he was about to fall hard, but he caught himself and landed smoothly. It was probably the scariest, most exhilarating act to watch. That along with the teeterboards. If I’m flying insanely high in the air, I want to land in a safety net not on a mattress. They were fearless, and it was way cool to watch.
There were so many acts that I can’t possibly go into all of them. There’s gotta be some surprise, right? The show was lovely, and my inner kid was super satisfied. I smiled, laughed, and finally got to go to the circus. I even stumbled into Ernie Anastos from Fox Five and got a picture with him!