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La Cirque Appetit Fundraiser 2017

BY NIKI KOTTMANN — OBSERVER MEDIA GROUP: All eyes were on them. High above the ground — 24 feet, to be exact — five teenagers prepared to cross a wire only 5/8 of an inch in diameter. The daredevils are members of Sailor Circus, the nation’s longest-running youth circus, whose roots date back to 1949 Sarasota when it began as a small high school gymnastics class. However, what’s grown to be called “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth” is just one of the many components of the Circus Arts Conservatory, which shared its mission with both old and new supporters alike at La Cirque Appetit on May 16 at Sailor Circus Arena.   MORE

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Ringling’s Impact Beyond the Circus

BY SCOTT DENNIS — ABC 7 WWSB: After 146 years, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus will end performances on Sunday for good. But here on the Suncoast, those involved with the circus arts say the “circus” is not closing, just the one named Ringling. Let’s not forget, Sarasota would not be what it is today without a man named Ringling.  MORE

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Sailor Circus Scholarships and Awards

BY OBSERVER STAFF — OBSERVER MEDIA GROUP: High school seniors from the Sailor Circus Academy ended their final season with the circus arts training program by receiving scholarships, awards, and special accolades at a banquet on April 27, 2017. The six seniors, who have been training for up to 10 years in the program, received a total of more than $10,000 in scholarships. The seniors are:  Sophie Watkins, Michael Mitchell, Silas Bichler, Alice Hafner, Owen Leonard and Lydia Nord… MORE

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Sailor Circus Presents “Once Upon A Circus”

BY LINDA CARSON — MY SUNCOAST ABC7: Every year for 68 years, Suncoast students from 4th grade to senior year, have been putting their best foot forward in Sailor Circus, to entertain audiences. This Spring , with their show “Once upon a Circus”, they have reached new heights. You won’t believe your eyes, as these amazing young performers transport you a magical world of make believe and athletic talent. MORE

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In The Spotlight – Sailor Circus Video

By ABC 7 Sarasota — WWSB: A video segment, hosted by Linda Carson of ABC 7 Sarasota, that puts Sailor Circus 2017 Spring Performance directly in the center spotlight. “You won’t believe your eyes as these amazing young performers transport you to a magical world of make believe and athletic talent!” says Carson.

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Sailor Circus Opens Spring Show

BY MARTY CLEAR — BRADENTON HERALD: For its 68th annual spring performance, Sarasota’s Sailor Circus is offering a circus centered around fairy tales and other timeless stories. The show is called “Once Upon a Circus” and it opens Tuesday at the Sailor Circus Arena, and runs for six performances through April 15, 2017.  MORE

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New Heights For Sailor Circus Performers

BY BERKLEY MASON — OBSERVER GROUP: When Lakewood Ranch’s Alyssa Nucci was performing aerial acts, such as hanging from silks, a year ago in the Sailor Circus Academy’s spring performance, she wanted to reach new heights. This year, she will, literally. Nucci, a freshman at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, will be part of Sailor Circus Academy’s four-person, flying trapeze act in the spring performance… MORE

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Sailor Circus Presents ‘Once Upon a Circus’

BY WAYNE TATANGELO — HERALD-TRIBUNE: Sailor Circus will bring fairy tales to life with its 68th annual spring performance “Once Upon a Circus.” Known around the world as “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth,” the youth circus members (ages 8 to 18) have been practicing their routines for months gearing up for this production that uses over 800 costumes and music from many animated classics including “Cinderella,” “Fantasia,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” MORE

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Once Upon a Circus

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES — Sailor Circus, known worldwide as “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth,” will delight audiences with its 68th annual spring performance Once Upon a Circus, centered around fairy tales and timeless stories coming to life. The show will feature new acts and other acts that have not been performed for several years including the aerial cradle, shoot thru ladder and low casting. The youth circus artists range from ages 8 to 18 and have been practicing their routines for months. MORE

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Sailor Circus Returns For Spring Performance

BY ZACH SHAPIRO — ABC 7 My Suncoast: The 68th annual Sailor Circus spring performance is upon us. This year’s production, Once Upon a Circus, centers around fairy tales with music from famous animated classics. It will run at Sailor Circus Arena from April 11-15, 2017 with performances every day… MORE