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Acrobats show secrets to tricks behind the scenes at ‘Circus Sarasota’

By Lila Gross, WFLA Tampa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – How do they do it?

Sarasota is a hub for circus artists and the best of the best come together to perform at Circus Sarasota.  More

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2020 Circus Sarasota – Circus Arts Conservatory

By William S. Oser, Talkin’ Broadway 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year: the Ulla Searing Big Top is pitched at Nathan Benderson Park where it can be seen by travelers along I-75, and Circus Arts Conservatory opens the 2020 edition of Circus Sarasota.  More

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Circus Sarasota is back in town for its 23rd show

By Taylor Torregano, WWSB ABC7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Circus Sarasota is back for another amazing show.

There are nine acts this year, from the Dominguez Poodles to the Balancing Ladder and the Double Trapeze to the Russian Barre.  More

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CIRCUS REVIEW: Circus Sarasota brings thrills to big top

By Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrobats, animal acts, jugglers, clowns and more are featured in the 2020 show presented by Circus Sarasota

SARASOTA – The circus is a place for superlatives. Why should an act just be fun or dangerous when it can be amazing, stupendous or mind-blowing?  More

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Leave Your Troubles Behind With Circus Sarasota 2020

By Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARASOTA – From dogs to clowns to trapeze artistry, the show takes you to another, welcome place. It’s heartening that, in our times so frequently described as “divisive,” something as simple as a clown tossing his hat to audience members and they back to him, should be able to bring people together in laughter.  More

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Circus Sarasota Celebrates 250th Anniversary of the Modern Circus with OVATION!

Each year, Circus Sarasota boasts an impressive roster of international artists who test human boundaries and leave audiences awestruck. This year’s performance, titled Ovation , honors the 250th anniversary of the modern circus and those who have impacted the artform.

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Meet Our Summer Intern: Brett Szalbirak

My name is Brett Szalbirak and I am a graduating senior in the Class of 2018 at The Out-of-Door Academy.

I first got my start with The Circus Arts Conservatory in the 2015 season. The CAC has a volunteer partnership with my high school. I soon learned much more during a presentation done by Michael Salmon and Marcia Pack. They were looking for volunteers to staff the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park for the upcoming Circus Sarasota winter production. I thought that this opportunity was something different – I did not even know that Sarasota even had a circus production before moving here in 2014! Nevertheless, I grabbed a volunteer form and decided to sign up.

Going into the Big Top, I did not know what to expect. There were a lot of seats and sections, and managing a large crowd seemed overwhelming. That’s where I met Marcia Pack, who took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. She was so patient, kind and caring; the Big Top started to feel like home.

That first year for me was a hit. I enjoyed every minute of volunteering and I got to meet some amazing people, including the Wallenda family, and started to build relationships. I started out ushering patrons to their seats, helping with crowd control, and setting up or tearing down within the tent. The performances blew me away every time I got to watch them. By the end of my first season, volunteering at the Big Top did not seem like an obligation. Rather it became enjoyable, something I looked forward to doing, almost like a privilege. Sadly, the run of that year’s production came to an end. But I knew that I would be back.

This past circus season has been my fourth consecutive season with Circus Sarasota. In 2017 I had the great honor of being a Guest Ringmaster during closing weekend. This year I had the honor of being a Student Volunteer Coordinator with the help of a close friend and classmate (and another CAC summer intern) Zachary Wells. I balanced this position along with full-time school work and my part-time job over the weekends.

But, the circus has never felt like a job to me. Granted volunteering comes with responsibilities, but the circus is all about having fun, and I can truly say that I have had fun over the past four years. I reflect back on my first season in 2014 and am impressed to see how far I have come, not only as a volunteer but also as a person. It has been a very humbling experience. I have gotten to see many of the behind-the-scenes and inner workings of The CAC and it has been a pleasure all throughout.

As I advance my academic studies into Business Administration at the University of South Florida, I plan on maintaining the relationships I have built with many of the volunteers over the years. I also plan on continuing to volunteer and help out any way I can with The CAC. I currently have the pleasure of interning at The Circus Arts Conservatory offices in Sarasota, learning about the business aspects of a non-for-profit organization.

The Circus has really become a part of my life. I am so grateful for individuals like Marica Pack, who I refer to as my “Circus Mom,” that have taken the time to teach me and become a part of my life. I have enjoyed every minute of it and encourage anyone who wishes to volunteer or simply see what The CAC has to offer to some see what it is all about.

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CAC Breaks Ground in the Sailor Circus Arena

By SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION 

A new era of circus arts legacy has begun. This week The Circus Arts Conservatory officially broke ground in the iconic Sailor Circus Arena for a $4 million renovation that will provide air conditioning, state-of-the-art flooring and retractable seating. More.

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Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory gets $4M upgrade

By Kimberly Kuizon, FOX 13 News

Thanks to the community’s generosity and a grant from the state, that will no longer be an issue. Money raised will provide A/C and some much-needed updates.

Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of the year, just in time for the big 70th-anniversary celebration where new memories will be made with a future generation of circus performers. More.

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HALEY: Tourism partners and successes celebrated

This year, from May 8 through May 12, communities such as Sarasota County will acknowledge the benefits the travel and tourism industry has for our economy and quality of life. Guest Service Excellence – Heart of House award went to Marcia Carlson Pack of The Circus Arts Conservatory. More.