The Sailor Circus Academy at the Conservatory of Circus Arts, the country’s oldest youth circus, will put on an incredible show as students turn, fly and soar to new heights in the highly anticipated new holiday production, “Let It Snow”. Customers of all ages will be in awe of acts featuring stunning aerial art, jaw-dropping acrobatics, dazzling roller skating, lightning-fast juggling and more.
For 73 years, students involved in the Conservatory of Circus Arts Sailor Circus program have amazed audiences with an exciting performance of circus arts for young people. For Circus Arts Conservatory Creative Director Jared Walker, a snow globe provided the inspiration he needed to create script and visuals to delight audiences and introduce the magic of snow under the marquee.
âThis is the sixth show that I’ve been directing for Sailor Circus and each time we find more synchronicity,â Walker said. âAfter the success of ‘Season’s Greetings’ last year, we wondered how we were going to surpass the customer experience; this will be one of the most beautiful shows I have ever produced and we can’t wait for them. people see it! “
Walker says the costumes (which were subscribed to by a generous donor) and sets should evoke the desired winter wonderland effect, with the wall of the trampoline transformed into a 24-foot mountain, lighting effects evoking the snow and the centerpiece: a 12- foot tall by 16 foot wide snow globe – in which the opening contortion act will take place – that was custom-made by a California company.
Walker notes that the students trained hard and stayed positive through all the challenges of the pandemic – and that the circus arts helped them get through. âThe circus does for them what we want it to do: focus them, become stronger and more confident, and provide a fun and positive place to get away from it all,â he said. âIt provides a way to stay busy and challenge yourself. The general spirit of the circus is to go on – the show must go on! “
Sailor Circus Academy is the nation’s oldest youth circus arts training program, training students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Founded in 1949, it is known as “The Biggest” Little “Show on Earth”. The program teaches students over 30 circus arts disciplines and helps them develop life management skills, develop self-discipline, build self-confidence and commit to success.
As part of the #SafeArtsSarasota coalition, the CCA continues to adhere to strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols to ensure the safety of students, artists, patrons, staff and the community. All clients 12 years of age and over must present either a negative PCR test administered no earlier than 72 hours before the performance or, if preferred, proof of vaccination. All guests aged 6 and over must wear a mask inside the room. The place will be disinfected by misting between all presentations; The Sailor Circus Arena also has an air ionization system to remove viruses and germs. For more information, visit circusarts.org/safety.
The main sponsors of “Let It Snow” are the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, SweetSparkman Architects, Shari & Stephen Ashman and Phyllis Siskel.
Show hours for “Let It Snow” are Sunday, December 26 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Monday through Thursday, December 27 -30 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $ 20 to $ 35. Call the box office at 941-355-9805 or visit circusarts.org.