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Circus headed for Craig

State-of-the-art technology not animals to accompany show

Christina M. Currie

Lions and tigers and bears no way.

Circus Chimera, coming to Craig Sept. 5-6, features a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and is an all-human show.

More than 100 award-winning performers and staff members gather under the largest big top tent in the world to perform magic tricks and feats of daring and flexibility.

There will be three shows. The Sept. 5 show begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

For the second time, the circus will be in Craig at the invitation of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, which uses it as a fund-raiser and earns a portion of the advance ticket sales as well as a portion of the gate sales.

Last year, Grand Futures took in about $1,500. The money is put into the coalition’s general fund where it is used as matching funds for several state and federal grants.

Tickets are available now at Jackson’s Office Supply, On the Shelf Bookstore and the Grand Futures office located at 1280 Industrial Ave., behind Kmart.

Tickets cost $14 in advance and $16 at the gate. Advance tickets are available until Sept. 4. Children up to age 15 get in free.

All children in the elementary schools will get a ticket at the school. The remaining tickets are available where advance tickets are sold.

“We just love your area. It’s God’s country,” said Michael Gorman, vice president of Lander International, the owner of Circus Chimera.

Gorman calls Circus Chimera the circus of the future with amazing lighting and sound with all-original compositions.

The circus will feature several aerial acts, including the pendulum of death, made possible because of the size of the big top.

Spectators will also see the world’s only double perch one man, balancing a 20-foot pole on his head, to the top of which climbs another man and another pole. Once the second man finds his balance, a woman climbs to the top and performs and handstand.

“It’s nonstop action. From the time the show begins to the time the show ends there’s not a dull moment,” Gorman said. “It’s a fabulous, fabulous show.”

The performance is geared toward people of all ages, from grandparents to their grandchildren.

“It’s a great show for the entire family,” Gorman said.

The performance is 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.

The big top seats 1,600 people in a theater-in-the-round style where no audience member is more than 48 feet from the action.

Circus Chimera travels to more than 100 towns a year with its performance titled “Enchantment.”

“It’s very magical,” Gorman said. “A sorcerer starts the show and provides a nice theme throughout it.”

Circus Chimera was in Craig last year at the invitation of Grand Futures and the response was high.

“It was great,” said Cindy Biskup, Grand Futures spokeswoman. “People really, really liked it. It was well received. Everyone thought it was really clean and they liked the acts.”

Biskup said people didn’t miss seeing animals perform.

“They really have a lot for the kids to do,” she said.


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