BIG APPLE CIRCUS
World Premiere of The Grand Tour!
Halloween Guest Ringmaster
Best-Selling Author R.L. Stine
at this one special performance celebrating Halloween
October 31, 2015 at 4:40pm at LINCOLN CENTER
The Grand Tour! show runs until January 10, 2016
Written and Created by JOEL JESKE
Directed by MARK LONERGAN
Big Apple Circus Ringmaster: JOHN KENNEDY KANE
Animal Trainer: JENNY VIDBEL
Original Music and Arrangements by DAVID BANDMAN, PETER BUFANO, JEFFREY W. HOLMES
BIG APPLE CIRCUS BAND
Executive Director: WILL MAITLAND WEISS
Artistic Director: GUILLAUME DUFRESNOY
Big Apple Circus welcomed Halloween Guest Ringmaster, R.L. Stine, author of the best-selling children's series Goosebumps for this special Halloween performance who loves to scare children. Children were encouraged to arrive in costume and they were allowed to go on pony rides during intermission. It was definitely interactive entertainment focusing on the children and quite amusing.
The Grand Tour! opened with Four-time Big Apple Circus Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane and two clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth who set the stage to transport the audience to the Roaring 20s to begin the most adventurous trip around the world by ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. The trip started out in New York City to Europe, onwards to Arabia, Africa, and Asia and then, back to New York, home of the Big Apple.
The dog acts aboard the Orient Express train through Europe and dancing horses while in the Arabian desert led by Jenny Vidbel were entertaining; Chiara Anastasini was exceptional with hula hoops depicting the stopover in Andalucía, Spain; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; the Dominguez Brothers defied the law of gravity with their thrilling act on the Wheel of Wonder; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; the Dosov Troupe soared on the teeterboard; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; and, aerialist Sergey Akimov gave stunning performances all the while traveling around the world.
The Big Apple Circus is a nonprofit that engages communities through the joy and wonder of classic circus arts. They bring joy and laughter to hospitals, nursing homes; provide adapted performances for children with physical and cognitive disadvantages; teach kids life skills after school; and, distribute free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families. It's a circus with a heart.
To purchase tickets or for more information about Big Apple Circus, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.