ENTER TO BECOME A GUEST RINGMASTER AND GET A FAMILY SIX PACK OF TICKETS TO THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS! Coming June 22nd through July7th to Charlestown
Let us know in 500 words or less why you should be the Guest Ringmaster. We invite Girls and Boys ages 6 and above to enter. Please use the form below. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Winner will be selected on June 21st. Winner will be contacted by ABC6.
Welcome to LEGENDARIUM! Enter the intimate Big Top circus of years gone by, where the World's Greatest Circus Artists perform spectacular feats and no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring! See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a backbone flexible as an archer's bow! With an affable Ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and astonishes the onlooker! The performance runs two hours, including one intermission.
Big Apple Circus insists upon sensitivity to quality of life both in and out of the ring. This respect and care is shown equally for all of our performers, human and animal alike.
Box Office Opens: June 20th
Location: Ninigret Park, in the Parking lot in front of the Big Top
Hours: Sat. - Mon., 10 am - 6 pm / Tue. - Fri., 10 am - 8 pm
Children under 3 are free if they sit on the lap of an adult
The two new, climate-controlled Big Tops, royal blue in the Fall and Winter, and white in the Spring and Summer, with glowing golden stars spiraling over the roof and sides, are made by Canobbio S.p.a. in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy. The tent masts and cupola were manufactured in Rio Saliceto, Italy.
The tent has been equipped with a custom-built seating-system, delivered in 2006, that can accommodate more than 1,700 people. Each individually molded plastic seat is 18 inches wide and ringside and box seats are comfortably cushioned. Made by Italian designers Carlo Anceschi & Sons, the system presents the culmination of a half-century of innovation and development in touring circus seating, specially designed for quick assembly and disassembly.
Four masts that are raised with electric motors support the tent. Depending on the number of motors per mast (it can have one or two), a mast can weigh between 2,300 and 2,600 pounds. The dodecagonal cupola frame folds for transportation in a unique way invented by Anceschi & Sons. It hangs from the masts, and weighs approximately two to three tons.
Each Big Top is made of four sections of opaque multi-layered PVC, laced together and connected to the nearly-round cupola frame, plus one cupola cover. An innovative "hat" on the cupola can be raised to allow heated air to escape on warm days.
Height: 46 feet on the inside (to the cupola), 63 feet (to the top of the tent)
Diameter: 140 feet
Sidewall: made of 12 sections, totaling 440 feet in circumference and measuring 16 feet high
Cupola frame: 50 feet across
Masts: 50 feet long
Side poles: 98 side poles measuring 16 feet high support the periphery of the tent
Stakes: Masts and tent are tied to a total of 194 stakes
The professional trainers who work with the animals represent decades and, in some cases, generations of experience in working with performing animals. Day or night our trainers are always within reach, sight and sound of their performing animal partners. Trainers' mobile homes are parked immediately adjacent to their performing animals' housing in each tour venue.
Like the human performers in our circus, the animals exhibit extraordinary talent and intelligence. A profound respect for these traits forms the foundation of the only teaching method employed by our trainers: positive reinforcement. The physical feats seen by our audiences are actually extensions and refinements of gestures the animals exhibit naturally.
The trainer patiently and gently presents each new situation until the animal grasps its meaning. Success brings lavish praise, pats of congratulations and, of course, edible treats. Should the animal not grasp what is required of it, another, more understandable approach will be attempted.
Above all, this method assures a strong bond of mutual trust, understanding and respect between animal and trainer.
Animals who live at Big Apple Circus have daily exercise, daily baths, and are fed carefully balanced diets. All of the animals have been vaccinated to protect them from illness, and they regularly receive complete medical check-ups from an expert veterinarian. The horses also receive dental and hoof exams on a regular basis. A local veterinarian is available in each tour venue.
Big Apple Circus continues to be committed to presenting the finest classical circus in America, featuring all fellow creatures with whom we have a working relationship. Big Apple Circus never has, nor ever will, condone any form of animal abuse whatsoever.