Let me start off by saying, I am SO glad my BFF (the GPS) was on board for this trip. The Big Apple Circus came to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Saturday and we were beside ourselves excited to go. You can imagine our surprise when we pulled up and saw a huge tent set up on the grounds. (The only circus I’d ever seen was at the Bi Lo Center). I don’t mind telling you, my first thought was, OMG…I’m freezing! Surely we aren’t really going to spend the next two hours outside.
I’m not exactly sure what I had in mind, but this was a far cry from a two-man tent pitched on Paris Mountain.
Now this is the way a circus should be experienced. LITERALLY, under the Big Top! The sixteen hundred seat venue was more comfortable than any auditorium.
We were toasty warm and ready for action!
Between acts, these clowns pulled from the audience and put on a show of their own.
I’ve barely brushed the surface of the acts. Honestly, I was so caught up in the moment and mesmerized by the whole thing, I didn’t want to stay behind my lens.
Our eleven and six year old (who has the attention span of a gnat) sat frozen in their seats the entire length of the circus. That pretty much says it all!
Another favorite moment was meeting part of the cast after the show. Everyone was so patient and friendly.
Drumroll please… if you know my son, you know that he is obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records. He gets a new book every year for Christmas and reads it in just a couple of days. Pictured above is Mr. Nik Wallenda, the first human to cross the Little Colorado River Gorge (near the Grand Canyon) on a wire WITHOUT a safety net! Needless to say, JP knew all about him and was beside himself when he got the chance to pose for a picture.
We even watched history being made – a seven-man pyramid walking the tightrope! JP made me film this part.
Barely over a two hour drive from Greenville, this is the perfect event for children and grown ups alike.