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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Show for All

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Circus Fun Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

Circus Fun
Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

There’s something magical about the circus. As a child I went twice to the Big Top and loved everything about the experience. As a mom, I wanted to provide this experience for my children since it is like no other. When my son was much younger, I took him to a couple smaller local circus productions. It was entertaining, comical and somewhat thrilling but nothing, wait let me clarify… NOTHING beats the excitement and thrill of the real deal: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. Now years later, my daughter had the true pleasure of their “The Greatest Show On Earth” and couldn’t have been more elated.

Greatest Show on Earth Photo by Homeroom At Home

Greatest Show on Earth
Photo by Homeroom At Home

So what’s so amazing? Hasn’t everything already been done? Is it any different than when we were children screaming for our cotton candy? Well, the traditions of the circus is still very much the same – live animals showing off their individual talents (we loved the elephants best), clowns and acrobats and yes of course the cotton candy and snow cones , but here’s where things are different and better…

– Instead of clowns tripping over their own feet and fitting 7-13-18 or so into a dinky car, the comedy is less slapstick and more engaging.  At the Atlantic City show the “clown”  spoke and interacted with the other acts – it was so refreshing, although I still hold an artistic appreciation for the more traditional clown acts as well.

– The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus is constantly reinventing themselves with daring acts of never-seen-before amusements and entertainment.  So NO, it’s not all been done before and the newer acts are perfectly blended with the traditions of old.

– A lot of the thrill and excitement is generated by the sound effects and technology.  Sound being part of the background or used as a prop really compliment the experience.  Much like a hockey or basketball game, the filler songs and sound bits keep you energized and entertained while the next performance act is setting up.  Their sound production is top quality and has come leaps and bounds from my childhood circus experience.

–  Lights, lasers and technology have put this production over the top!!  The lighting and laser presentations truly enhance each part of the circus experience, making it bigger than life.  WOW – some of these acts lit up like nothing I’ve seen.

When you put all these elements together, the mystical and exciting music compilations coupled with colorful and strategic illumination to showcase amazingly talented and/or heart-warming performers… it truly is The Greatest (and most unexpected yet traditional) Show On Earth.

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Beauty and the Beast Live on Broadway

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Beauty and the Beast cardDisney’s Beauty and the Beast is such a beloved story, and what better way to relive it than live on Broadway.  Join  Belle, Gaston, Maurice, Beast and the whole castle staff in this Tony Award winning musical set a quiet French village.

You and the family can enjoy this tale at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia from November 26 through December 1st.  For show times, tickets, parking info and more, visit the Academy of Music here.

The show runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 min intermission. Beauty and the Beast is appropriate for all ages.

Nothing takes the place of a live theater audience and full on-stage production of a favorite story.  With every detail in the costumes, props, orchestral music and stage sets, it’s living art unfolding in front of you scene by scene.
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Update: Dec 1st my daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the Beauty and the Beast musical at the Academy of Music… and it completely lived up to our expectations. Character after character sang beautifully well and the set design was a masterpiece in itself. My daughter, being 3 years old, wanted to dance in the aisle and eventually whispered in my ear that she wished to be on stage. I love how Beauty and the Beast held her attention and provided this unforgettable glow of excitement.

Live theater can provide more than an afternoon of entertainment; it can ignite a passion for the arts – whether creative writing or production set design or any number of artistic avenues. Broadway musicals and theater unlocks the door to a child’s imagination. I saw this first hand, when my daughter decided to play Beauty and the Beast with her Barbies and Disney princess dolls – setting them up like the Beauty and the Beast show. My husband and I took advantage of this opportunity and helped her play this story out. Here’s our video below. Two days later, with Barbies in every space of her room, I found that she had set up yet another “production” on her own with a much smaller audience. She designed a run-way stage and said it was Cinderella’s turn. Thanks to Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, my daughter as a fresh idea in playing with her Barbies, accessories and things around her to expand her imaginative play. I love that.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post – we were either compensated or given product for review. The opinions expressed within this article are strictly mine.

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