Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cirque Millenia

I didn't want to go.  I hate circuses.  But as my son gets closer to driving (in November), that also means he is closer to leaving home. That makes it hard for me to say no to anything that my baby  girl (nine-years-old) wants to do -- especially if it's something that  I know she may eventually grow out of.  I want to seize all of the "childhood moments" that I have left with her.  This is why I found myself sweating, sitting on a wooden bench on a very typically hot and humid Oklahoma night to watch this:


Judging from the fact that it was only a one-ring circus, I expected the show to be quick and unimpressive.

I was wrong.

Here's the first thing I learned: I don't hate circuses.  I just hate the kind with animals; captive elephants being whipped make me sad.  Also, I don't like the huge, three-ring kind of circuses where you can't possibly see everything because either (a) there's something happening in all three rings at one time or (b) some of the rings are so far away that you might as well be watching the circus on TV.

Cirque Cirque Millennia's one-ring circus is an intimate experience.  I was sitting in the center second row, and yet I felt as if one of the trapeze artists was going to fly into me.  She didn't of course, but the close proximity was absolutely thrilling!

Another thing about the Cirque Millennia's one ring circus: you can see EVERYTHING.  You can see the acrobats' facial expressions as they mentally prepare to awe and amaze you.  You can see their flexing muscles, which because of their smiles and grace, are the only things to clue you in to the fact that what they are doing is really, really difficult (impossible for most of us).

Things like this:


And this:


And this:



And this man: 
he's jumping rope on that thing and that thing is moving!
Please also note: there were NO NETS!


These are world-class performers that you get to see right here in our small community!

I also appreciated that the Cirque Millennia did not use animals in their show.  (They do have ponies available for pony rides.)  For those of you with a fear of clowns, no worries -- Cirque Millennia doesn't have any clowns either.  Instead of clowns, kids get to see these two guys have a dance-off.  


My life is complete now that I have seen Sponge Bob do the worm.


This guy also made my little girl laugh and cheer.
He is the son of the woman on the right, 
who also is one of the beautiful acrobats.

I hope I have convinced you that you can't miss this circus!  There are shows tomorrow (9/6) at 3pm and 7 pm.  Dress light, bring a camera and cash (there are refreshments for sale, entry is $15 for adults; Brookie was admitted free tonight but the poster says kids are $7.50), and most of all come prepared

 TO BE AMAZED!






2 comments:

Unknown said...

Hello, my name is Keith Bannister, I was the Ringmaster and plate spinner as well the owner of Cirque Millennia. I want to tell you that i just read this for the first time and it made me tear up a little. My dream for this show has been for years to allow people to experience the joy and magic of life and wonder for all ages and like you ao many others have taken the time to say such amazing things like this.

I am very sad to say that we had tragedy befall our magic. We had a major accident that hospitalized two of your amazing family and destroyed a lot of our equipment and transportation for it. Unfortunately we where a small family show and could not afford such loss just yet.

I have started a fund raising campaign but have been very unsuccessful with it. If you would share my campaign maybe it might help spark something up. Please go here Check out "Animal free Cirque Millennia" on Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/cirquemillennia/shre

Thank you all so much.

Unknown said...

Hello, my name is Keith Bannister, I was the Ringmaster and plate spinner as well the owner of Cirque Millennia. I want to tell you that i just read this for the first time and it made me tear up a little. My dream for this show has been for years to allow people to experience the joy and magic of life and wonder for all ages and like you ao many others have taken the time to say such amazing things like this.

I am very sad to say that we had tragedy befall our magic. We had a major accident that hospitalized two of your amazing family and destroyed a lot of our equipment and transportation for it. Unfortunately we where a small family show and could not afford such loss just yet.

I have started a fund raising campaign but have been very unsuccessful with it. If you would share my campaign maybe it might help spark something up. Please go here Check out "Animal free Cirque Millennia" on Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/cirquemillennia/shre

Thank you all so much.