The Circus Comes to Town: For One Night Only

At the beginning of the semester three students hosted auditions for Sarah Lawrence’s first circus.  The history and mystique fascinated and drove them to put together a spectacular.

The show has been put together using the talents of students. In addition to dance, burlesque, clowning and some other sideshow talents, they have been working on their own acts. Campus groups are also getting involved, including The Known World Radio Theatre, The Friendly Strangers, and Clowned into Submission.  They have even given a circus train for the show: The Van Duzer Sisters and Their Wild Westlands Show.

Now, they have a tentative date and place for the show.  The show will transform the Blue Room into a Big Top one Saturday night in February.  There will be two showings, one at 8 and one at 11 with sign-ups in the PAC lobby.

“There is a range of acts inspired by the traveling circuses of the 1920s and 30s. Think sideshow freaks, lion tamers, tumblers, and burlesque,” says Lilli Vyne ’12, producer of the circus. “Of course we’ll also have the traditional circus arts of live music and clowning.”

While the show is still two months, away anyone interested can see the front men, and women, perform in a discrete preview on Thursday December 1st at 9:30pm.

“It’s a very specific type of 20s evening,” says Vyne.

While the exact location of the even is being kept under wraps anyone interested in attended in encouraged to visit their blog for a post the day of the event.  A hidden Facebook event and paper invitations from cast members will also be going around.

“It’s going to be a night not to be missed,” says Vyne.

Lauren Busser, likes to think that magic exists. (Errol got lost with her Hogwarts letter.) She is currently writing for Bronxville, The Phoenix, and as well as sending the occasional op-ed to newspapers. When not writing as a journalist she can be found reading Gothic novels for her senior thesis entitled Rivalry and Sorority or knitting obsessively with sock weight yarn.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 30, 2011

    Ari Jones

    Thank you SLC Speaks for featuring the circus again! We’re a grassroots, all-inclusive little group, so we need all the support we can get! If you want an invitation to the event this Thursday, let me know. It’s all very hush hush, but I can let you in other the Van Duzer sisters secrets….

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