Keeping You Safe

Working hard to keep you safe!

With rapid improvements in case rates and hospitalizations, increasingly widespread vaccinations, and expected new recommendations from the CDC, we have updated our COVID-19 protocols.

What does this mean for you? Proof of a negative test or vaccination for the COVID-19 virus is no longer required for those attending our performances, though we still highly recommend that you “mask up.” There will be no screening checkpoint as you enter any of our performance venues.

What is the Circus Arts Conservatory doing to protect you? We have optimized our air conditioning system to provide state-of-the-art airflow and filtration. The Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top are disinfected daily with sanitized fogging. Our coaches, staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks when serving you. We will continue to evaluate protocols as we seek the path forward to safely providing a quality experience for all.

In a changing COVID-19 environment, we want to assure you that your health and safety is our top priority. We continue to listen closely to health officials and infectious disease specialists, and maintain our alliance with the Safe Arts Sarasota coalition for best practices to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you may have recently been exposed to the virus, please contact our box office to discuss exchange or refund options.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Keeping You Safe

Working hard to keep you safe!

On your next visit to a CAC performance you’ll notice that we have instituted some new policies to keep our patrons safe and healthy. We are changing the number of seats for sale in our venues to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols and are opening our doors earlier to reduce lines of people waiting to get into the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top. In addition to  floor markings,  we will have trained staff members available working as “Social Distancing Champions”  to assist patrons with all their social distancing needs. 

Here are the key policies we’ve instituted: 

Masks Required for All

Since we care about your health, masks are mandatory for everyone throughout the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top, except when eating or drinking. Masks must cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide one for you. 

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top. Please use them as needed, washing your hands for at least twenty seconds and avoid touching your face. 

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfecting of Facilities

We have added to our already thorough cleaning protocols by using an approved fogging solution to disinfect and sanitize the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top after each show. When there aren’t any shows in production, the arena is fogged nightly. In addition, we have created even more stringent guidelines for cleaning restrooms and other public areas in our facilities.  

Staff Health Screenings

All CAC staff have monthly Covid 19 tests and are required to have their temperatures taken before starting their shifts. Anyone who tests positive or shows symptoms of Covid 19 must self quarantine until they receive a negative test.

Social Distancing Standards

Please remember to maintain a considerate distance from others before, during and after the show. Follow floor markers and speak with our Social Distancing Champions if you need guidance. 

Reduced Seating Capacities

Seating capacity in the Sailor Circus Arena and the Circus Sarasota Big Top have been reduced to offer social distancing. When seating yourself,  please make sure to leave adequate distance between yourself and other guests so everyone will be able to comfortably enjoy the show.

Monetary Transactions

Cash will be accepted at both box offices and at concession stands. No-contact payment options are also available and it is recommended to use paperless tickets for venue entry. 

Food & Drinks in the Auditorium

Although masks are required in both venues, they may be removed while enjoying food and beverages. Please help us to protect yourself and those around you by wearing your mask when you are done eating and drinking. 

Concession Stand Menu Options

For the health of our patrons and to create shorter lines, all menu items will be pre-packaged for ease of delivery.

Please be sure to request any condiments or utensils and napkins from the concession stand staff. To promote the health of our patrons by avoiding excess handling, those items will be kept behind the counter and handed out as requested. 

Self-Check Your Health

If you have had contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever or cough, or have symptoms yourself please self quarantine and come back to see us when you are well.



Circus of the Voices Celebrates Ten-Year Partnership with Decade of Wonder

SRQ Daily

The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) and Key Chorale celebrate their dynamic ten-year collaboration in this year’s production of Cirque des Voix®: Circus of the Voices, with Decade of Wonder, a one-of-a-kind performing arts experience. Ten years ago, the CAC’s Pedro Reis and Key Chorale’s Joseph Caulkins joined forces and created a production that had never been seen before when they combined over 100 voices of the Key Chorale with the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra and live circus artists.  More…

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Cirque des Voix ®: Circus of the Voices Highlights Music of Film Composer Danny Elfman, Showcases Outstanding Circus Artistry

Vocal vivacity combines with timeless circus elegance in The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) and Key Chorale’s Cirque des Voix ®: Circus of the Voices, a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences of all ages.

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This circus is choreographed to amaze. It’s in town for three shows this weekend


Then, in an instant, the orchestra’s notes hit a crescendo. The 100-plus voices of the chorale join en masse. And the aerialist executes a take-your-breath-away move.

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Key Chorale and Circus Arts find new mood for Cirque des Voix

By Thomas Becnel, Staff Writer


For the ninth production of Cirque des Voix — Circus of the Voices — Key Chorale and the Circus Arts Conservatory turn to the moody Hollywood music of composer Danny Elfman.

His film scores describe dark characters ranging from “Batman” and “Beetlejuice” to “Spider-Man” and “Edward Scissorhands.” More.

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Now Playing: Arts listings for March 15-21

“CIRQUE DES VOIX”: The Circus Arts Conservatory partners with Key Chorale to celebrate the music of Danny Elfman (best known for scoring Tim Burton films) with this performance of singing, circus acts and orchestral music. More.


In the Spotlight Cirque Des Voix 2017

BY LINDA CARSON — ABC 7 MY SUNCOAST: Cirque des Voix is like nothing else you will see under a circus tent. “This show is very different because we’ve got live musicians, we have a choir of 180 voices, the energy is stupendous, epic , every time we do this I get goose bumps,” says Pedro Reis, Founder and CEO of Circus Arts Conservatory. MORE

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Aerialist Dolly Jacobs Flies To World Premiere Music

BY JAY HANDELMAN — HERALD-TRIBUNE: This year’s performances [of Cirque des Voix] mark…something of a test run for shows that Key Chorale and Circus Sarasota will present in Washington, D.C., this summer as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It also marks the world premiere of “Arise,” a piece commissioned by frequent Key Chorale collaborator Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer, to accompany performances by aerialists Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios. MORE

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Cirque des Voix: Circus of the Voices

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION — The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) and Key Chorale present an artistic experience like no other in Cirque des Voix: Circus of the Voices. This spectacular production beautifully intertwines wondrously engaging circus arts entertainment, by world-renowned circus artists with live choral music, and a 30-piece orchestra performing music from classical and famous composers. MORE