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Big Apple Circus rings in summer at Ninigret Park

June 24, 2013

Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies and perky pups! (Photo credit: Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus)

CHARLESTOWN - The Big Apple Circus is presenting the Lengendarium show during its 35th annual engagement at Ninigret Park in Charlestown beginning this Saturday.

The Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit organization committed to kids and their families and is involved with community outreach programs that visit healthcare facilities, children’s groups, and communities across the nation. The mission of Big Apple Circus is to invigorate the communities they serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus.
This year the circus will be presenting the Legendarium show, which is a new production that enables the audience to take a journey into circus past. The audience will also be able to experience what is like when circus traditions were born and will be informed of various circus facts throughout the show.
“This year’s circus is the best we have had in several seasons, it is a completely new show. In fact in my opinion the Big Apple Circus is the best circus that many people have been to and I think my opinion is really a general opinion,” said Public Relations Manager Philip Thurston. “A lot of people including the critics here in New York and other places that the circus has toured have commented that this is a really good circus.”
The show will include performers from around the world including the United States, Bulgaria, China, Canada and Russia. Some of these performers are clowns, horses, dogs aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and contortionists. According to Thurston, the Big Apple Circus attends circus festivals around the world and recruits performers that they find at these festivals.
The artistic director searches for the most extraordinary performers that they can find and share with the audience. Although animals are included in all of the circus shows, the organization insists on respecting both human and animal performers in and out of the ring.
The show is open to people of all ages and children under the age of 3 are free. Thurston also said that every seat in the Big Apple Circus tent is less than 50 feet away from the ring, which allows everyone to see the performer’s faces.
“The audience gets energized by what they see, and the performers are energized by the audience,” said Thurston. “The circus is a real communal experience, you are not just sitting there with your television watching people fly through the air with the help of post-production special effects. It is a real family experience.”
If you go: The Big Apple Circus is at Ninigret Park in Charlestown from Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, July 7. Tickets start at $15. For tickets or more information, call (888) 541-3750 or visit


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