By Janice Eck
Photographs by Chris Eck
(Victor Valley) From July 19-23, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® took over Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario for a fun-filled time complete with performing animals, death-defying acrobats, feats of human strength, unicycling tricksters, and much more entertainment than imaginable in their all-new circus spectacular Built-to-Amaze!
If you love animals and want to get up close and personal with four-legged performers, the Animal Open House was the perfect spot for you. 90 minutes before the show, any ticket holder was able to interact with the animals of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s®, easily making that experience the highlight for any animal-lover (animal performers leave to get ready for their performance 30 minutes before showtime). All ticket holders were also invited to the All Access Pre-Show, where guests went to meet, greet, and dance with the performers of the show.
New to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® and one of the best acts of the tour was Comedic Animal Presenting Duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia who wowed audiences with magic tricks, which involved ferrets, rabbits and snakes, and their extraordinarily trained poodles. Audiences fell in love with their poodles, who looked like they were enjoying doing their tricks more than the amazed audience who were watching.
Just as remarkable were Duo Fusion and Duo Solys who showed off their amazing skills of strength and balance. The Circus Skywalkers walked upside down high above the stage in a death-defying display without a safety net or harness as they slipped their feet in and out of loops. The high-wire act Danguir Troupe balanced on each other’s shoulders, rode bicycles, leap-frogged over each other, and danced 35 feet above the stage.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® Built-to-Amaze truly captivated audiences with music, animal and people performances, thrills, and a whole showcase of entertainment you will not want to miss. There is still time. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® will be at the Honda Center in Anaheim July 26-August 4. Prices range from $20-$26, $42 for VIP, $70 for Front Row, and $100 for Circus Celebrity.
Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating).
For more information, show times and tickets, visit www.ringling.com .