By Nancy Churnin, Mila Vincent and Johannah Luza~
Lone Star Circus presents Circus Aura, a free, virtual circus experience, and Mila Vincent, our intrepid five-year-old theater critic is there for it. Not just there, but dressed and ready to stand on her head. Mila watched, as usual, with her grandmother, Johannah Luza. The pair marveled at the story-driven production that features Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, the legendary Larible circus dynasty, Lone Star Circus founder Fanny Kerwich, and more. The show is free, but donations to Lone Star Circus are encouraged and appreciated. Send your contributions to Lone Star Circus Arts Center, 12232 Snow White Drive, Dallas, TX 75244
Mila: Last year was the first time I ever got to see a circus, and it was so much fun! But because of that germ floating around, I didn’t see one in person, but I got to watch a Virtual Circus Experience!
The story was about a little boy who goes on a journey to learn about how circuses started. Did you know that a long time ago, some kids would run away and join a circus? Then they grew up and got married to someone in the circus and had kids who learned tricks and became circus people, too! They traveled around the country, and the circus was their home. I wondered how they got food. My Mimi said they lived in trailers and some of the people cooked. They were one big family, she said. My favorite circus people were the girls in the pretty tights who climbed tall ropes and did all kinds of acrobats. You have to be strong to do that! One lady got inside of a big balloon, and then it popped! Everyone should see a circus sometime. I tried to watch part of the show doing a handstand in my gymnastics tights!
Johannah: The Lone Star Circus presentation “Circus Aura” was an eye-opener for kids who don’t know the circus’ history. It was a good learning experience for kids who have lots of questions about how the old circus performers lived “back in the day.” Until we watched this show, I had not heard of the Lone Star Circus in Dallas. They host birthday parties and events and teach lessons. There are so many things in Dallas to do that we learn about when we venture out or experience online.
CLICK HERE to experience the virtual performance of Lone Star Circus with its exciting story.