Monday, October 28, 2013

Our First Big Apple Circus Experience

Disclosure: I was given tickets to The Big Apple Circus with no obligation to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

We have an unspoken rule in our household: do not ask to go to the circus*. It has something to do with a certain grown man’s someone’s fear of clowns O_o Yes, folks I’m serious and apparently clown phobia is pretty real (I think it has something to do with this). What our household rule doesn’t imply is that if you’re asked to go to the circus you’re not allowed to go so when I was given 3 tickets for the Big Apple Circus' Luminocity dress rehearsal and Mr. Lovebird just happened to be away on business I knew exactly what to do: call up my sister Ariane and plan a fun family night out with Nia to see the circus for the first time.

Luminocity is the 36th season of The Big Apple Circus, and I first became intrigued with this iconic circus during the fascinating PBS documentary Circus that ran a couple years ago. Not only giving a history of the show, it showed a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is put together as well as personal stories of the circus team. It was almost like Real World circus-style.

As I watched the show I couldn’t help but imagine the back story of the performers – I loved the diversity of the cast and acts. The actual live performance didn't disappoint:

The Big Apple Circus is also running a Golden Nose contest for children ages 6-9 years old to submit a video for a chance to be cast in their upcoming commercial. Contest ends November 3 and you can submit your entry here.

This is opening week of the Big Apple Circus so if you’re in the NYC area you have plenty of time to catch a show as the season runs through January 12, 2014. I highly recommend it even for a date night – it’ll make you feel like a kid again!

Oh and about the clown thing: there really weren’t clowns. There were performers who provided comedic relief throughout in a similar way that a clown might so I just might get Mr. Lovebird out to a show after all!

To learn more about the Big Apple Circus and purchase tickets visit their website.

Is there a circus in your city that you enjoy going to?
*We’ve been to Cirque du Soleil, but I’m talking about the traditional circus here!