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Saturday, September 29, 2012


The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are bringing the 141st edition of the "Greatest Show on Earth" to the DCU Center in Worcester October 3rd through the 8th as part of their 80-city North American tour. The legendary circus is presenting an all-new show entitled "Fully Charged." The new show will feature the usual dare-devil stunts and performances, but will also feature a number of never-before-seen breathtaking acts.

The event is family friendly and a great way to escape from the all-too digitalized world with live excitement and energy, according to producer Nicole Feld.

"We are in the digital era where getting fully charged usually means powering up the phone, computer, or gaming device," Feld said. "People become so immersed in these devices, however, there is nothing like the charge you feel with a trip to The Greatest Show On Earth.  It brings families and friends together for a memorable experience that sparks conversations and allows them to re-connect."

One of the talented newcomers who promises to energize audiences throughout the show is ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott. The Ringling Bros. 36th ringmaster and leader of "Fully Charged" will introduce the acts from around the world and guide spectators on their circus journey by singing original songs.

Scott was noted for his stunning voice and engaging personality when discovered by producers Nicole and Alana Feld after a national talent search, but he knows he is just one among many in a cast of world-class talents.

"I’m just amazed at the immense amount of talent I see around me,” Scott said. “These people are the best at what they do. It’s very inspiring to work with them.  I am in awe of the animal performers too."

Animal trainer Tabayara working with one of his tigers.

“When we traveled around the world looking for the best talent to bring to the American audience, we became inspired by the power of the performers. Their amazing abilities and electric personalities excited and energized us.” Feld said. “Our performers can only be described as Fully Charged! We want audiences to experience the thrill of their incredible performance power at each show."

Some of the more extraordinary performers include Tabayara, the world-renowned animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a full gallop, orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian elephants in a symphony of dance, and stand in a cage with 12 tigers whom he is able to make perform at his every whim. Also, the Mongolian strongman duo of Titanic Tulga and Mighty Meetal will lift half-ton telephone poles and twirl them above their heads while acrobats balance atop. Finally, the human fuse Brian Miser, who will be set on fire, then propelled one hundred feet from a human crossbow.

In addition, more uniquely Ringling Bros. performances will include the Tian Yi Cheng Troupe from Henan, China who will perform jumps, leaps, and flips on state of the art bounce stilts culminating in a luminescent display of slam-dunk basketball; and the Danguir Family who will perform a three-story high shoulder to shoulder leap on a high-voltage high-wire.

Of course, these are just a few of the examples of heart-pounding entertainment that will be featured in the arena next week.

Ringling Bros. is also offering a real way to connect with the performers at the All Access Power Up Pre-show Party which begins one hour before show time and is free to ticket holders. Audience members get to meet performers, take pictures with them, try on circus costumes, learn circus skills and have the chance to win a painting created by Asia, a true pachyderm Picasso.

The shows next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will begin at 7 pm. There will be shows on Saturday, October 6, beginning at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 respectively, with 3 pm shows Sunday and Monday to conclude. Ticket prices vary based on seating. For more information, click here.


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