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The Greatest Show on Earth... through the eyes of your kid

Friday, September 30, 2011 Leave a Comment

Ladies and Gentlemen... children of all ages... Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey delivers The Greatest Show on Earth...

Last night was my first time ever to The Greatest Show on Earth, or any circus, for that matter. I took my 5 year old. To truly appreciate the show, just see it (and hear it) through the eyes of your child.

Where I saw an adrenaline pumping cacophony of performers and animals, flashing lights and dizzying acrobatics, my boy saw funny clowns, tigers and zebras and elephants, tight-rope walkers and singers telling stories. In this age of digital entertainment, it is something to behold real, live performers doing amazing things with their bodies.

He watched with mouth agape - literally - as the female tight-rope walker balanced right above our heads - on a chair, on a pole, balanced on the shoulders of two men. On bikes. On the high wire.

He laughed with delight at the slap-stick antics of the clowns. They weren't the intermission between acts, they were the main attraction.

He asked if I could get him a pair of "trampoline legs" after he saw the performers doing flips, 360's, backflips and cartwheels. He held my hand tight while Tabayara, the tiger trainer, asked one of his twelve tigers for a kiss and got a lick in the face. He pointed out how all the elephants held the tail of the elephant in front of them with their trunks, and how one naughty elephant kept pulling her tail to the side, just out of reach of the elephant behind her.

But his favorite?

His favorite was the RingMaster, the one who sang songs that told the stories of the circus. Brian Crawford Scott, you have a big fan. (We sat next to someone who said he's a grad of the UNC Greeley music program.) 

He loves the song. Instead of singing "Fully Charged," he sings "Before we charge." He told me if I was mad or sad, he would just play the song to make me happy.

Kids... gotta love their fresh perspective.

Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! is in town from Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 9 with multiple shows on the weekends.  Kids tickets for all events, every show, are just $10*!

Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Denver Coliseum box office.

*additional fees apply ($2.50 facility fee, plus Ticketmaster fees.... the cheapest option is to order right at the Denver Coliseum box office.)