May 1, 2007

Cole Bros Circus provides fun, thrills and entertainment to Lynchburg community

by Natasha Kormanik, Life Reporter
A long-standing American tradition brought old ideas of fun and entertainment for people of all ages when it set up its famous Big Top in the LaHaye Ice Center parking lot last week.

Featuring unimaginable feats and tricks sure to put anyone at the edge of his or her seat, the Cole Bros Circus entertained its audiences on April 23 and 24.

“It’s great! Every kid needs to go to the circus,” said Lynchburg resident Bryan Scott, who attended with his wife and grandkids.

It was an event for everyone to come together and enjoy, breaking away from their rigorous daily activities.

With snacks and toys in hand, families and kids watched in anticipation as the show opened with a solo of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Then, the announcer’s serious but ironically joyful booming voice could be heard saying, “Don’t try this at home, kids, ” much to the amusement of parents. Featuring all sorts of entertainment that held the audience members mesmerized, the show continued for more than two hours with a 15-minute intermission. 

The first performance consisted of two motorists driving in a ball-shaped cage, both in circles and upside down. As the cage split in half, pulling apart, the motorists continued their performance.
Although the motorists were said to have about forty years worth of experience, it soon seemed gravity was about to win out, and audience members held their breath in waiting. Soon, however, the audience was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief as the cage came back together to form a ball.

In addition, acrobats in glimmering costumes and eccentrically dressed clowns provided a colorful and fun-filled backdrop to the death-defying feats of the aerial artists.

The aerial artists and the acrobats were especially exciting to watch.

Bedazzling the audience with their incredible talents, they were picturesque and ballerina-like as they danced about from hanging ropes, swung from the swings like monkeys and performed extraordinary tumbling acts.

The crowd then went wild when 10-year-old Victoria successfully performed her stunt, flipping from swing to swing with the help of her father and siblings.

Victoria and her Brazilian family serve as the aerial artists for the show and travel with the rest of the cast, performing all across the nation.

The cast members’ profiles, as well as locations for future events, can be viewed on the circus’ Web site,

A troupe of Chinese male acrobats named the Acrostars were next on the list. Not only did they do tumbling stunts, but they also worked alongside a woman known as “The Kimberly,” who juggled with fire-lit sticks while atop a moving horse.

 “I like it, although I haven’t seen any elephants. Every circus is to have elephants!” said Scott concerning the animal acts.

Although no elephants made an appearance in this event, poodles performed some cute stunts, though none were particularly exciting or dangerous.

Additionally, comical clowns frolicked about, putting on acts that served as transitions between performances, much to the delight of many children present.

Nevertheless, as much fun as it all was, the show came to an abrupt end with a bang – literally.
Tetyana Synovyat, a Ukrainian-born performer who is affectionately known as Zarina the Human Cannonball according to the circus’ official Web site, was shot out of a cannon.

Flying through the air at a speed of about 65 mph across the full length of the arena, she landed in a massive net.

The audience burst into applause.

“We loved it! It was fun for everyone!” said Lisa Percer, the wife of seminary professor Dr. Leo Percer, who was there with her daughter.

Although the circus may be just for children, it can be considered an excuse for adults to revisit their childhood for a few hours, which many college students did easily and joyfully.

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