SAINT PAUL, Minn. (June 1, 2017) – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present a regional premier event that has captivated audiences of all ages, CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus. The national touring production will be on stage June 27-July 2. Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office.
The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists (on stage at the Ordway in 2015) have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus with an exciting new twist: Carefully constructed and realistic puppets in place of actual animals.
Elephants are back in the ring as never seen before! Sensational puppetry introduces the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s War Horse have designed, built and brought to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets appear throughout the show as the mother teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.
Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Painter and Lawson have created Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline and The Illusionists in over 250 cities from London to Sydney to Broadway, as well as presenting A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fiddler on the Roof through Australia. MagicSpace Entertainment has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years, including The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, American Idiot, RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway, Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and national concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few.
Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus is designed by scenic artist Todd Ivins and set in an extraordinary and over-the-top circus tent. Act 1 is set in front of the circus with trucks, props and rigging. Act 2 features the tent, flagpoles and rigging being raised into the roof of the theater.
The costumes for Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus are designed by Angela Aaron, whose impeccable recreations of original turn-of-the-century circus costumes are truly a work of art. These were inspired by authentic photographic collections, studying historical museum pieces and discussions with experts and historians.
No circus would be complete without its music. The soundtrack of Circus 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus encapsulates the time period and accentuates the thrill and danger of the acts. It is composed by Evan Jolly, composer of many of Painter and Lawson’s international hits.
Circus 1903 is made possible by a generous grant from the Securian Foundation and is part of the Ordway’s 2016-17 Musical Theater Series, sponsored by Bremer Bank. For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org.
ABOUT THE ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway’s Music Theater and Concert Hall attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway’s mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. Together with Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances. For more information, visit www.ordway.org.
CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS
June 27-July 2, 2017
Tuesday, June 27
Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, June 29
Friday, June 30
Saturday, July 1
Sunday, July 2
Saturday, July 1
Sunday, July 2
Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. (Open Captioned)
Saturday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. (ASL/AD)
Theater Venue & Location:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Ticket Office: 651-224-4222
Tickets start at $37
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