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RINGLING BROS. HAS RETURNED TO THE TENT WITH A CLASS ACT.

Byline: Georgia Lee

The huge tent set up in Centennial Park near AmericasMart is a hard thing to miss. And it would be a shame to miss the show running underneath it.
Called Barnum’s Kaleidoscape, the must-see show is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s answer to Cirque du Soleil, and you don’t even need to have kids with you to justify it. The run, which began in September, has been extended through Oct. 29, thus incorporating market weekend.
This is the first tent production for the famous circus masters since 1956. But don’t let the tent fool you: This is no ordinary sawdust-sprinkled circus. With a live orchestra, an original music score, dream-like sets and lighting, the atmosphere is more like an intimate theater event than a raucous circus. From plush velvet ringside seats and sofas, audience members interact with performers and are often called on to be part of the show.
The performers are world-class, from Pipo, a classic European whiteface clown, to the dazzling Sylvia Zerbini, a circus siren whose costumes alone are worth the price of admission. But the setting is intimate. One hour before each performance, patrons can meet the artists and munch on gourmet cuisine.
The show made its world premiere April 30, 1999, in Los Angeles, and is in the midst of touring throughout the country. Tickets range from $22.50 to $48.00 and can be purchased at the box office, or Ticketmaster outlets.

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