Circus Flora celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new director

    “PASTIME,” CIRCUS FLORA’S NEW BASEBALL-CENTERED PRODUCTION, WILL BE PRESENTED JUNE 2ND – JULY 3RD UNDER THE AIR CONDITIONED BIG TOP IN GRAND CENTER

    With their all-new 30th anniversary production, Circus Flora will celebrate St. Louis’ favorite summer activity. PASTIME will take us back to a simpler time when every kid dreamed of being Stan the Man and every empty lot played host to neighborhood baseball games.

    Set in Baseball’s Golden Era, this show follows the Mound City Zephyrs, a lovable but struggling ball club, through the course of a season. Their biggest fan, played by talented clown Amanda Crockett, yearns for the team’s success and tries to help in any way she can, even if her methods are… unconventional.

    PASTIME features jaw-dropping artistic performances from some of the best entertainers in the world. The Cuban Connection will dazzle with their Russian Bar and Chinese Pole routines. Caleb and Max will debut a one-of-a-kind aerial strap and bareback horse-riding act, and Iking and Melvin will impress audiences of all ages with their grace and agility leaping through Chinese Hoops. Fan favorites, The Flying Wallendas will dance the wire high above the ring below. And if that isn’t enough, The Flying Pages, Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, and Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches will delight St. Louisans with large troupes and performances as athletic as an Ozzie Smith catch. Longtime Circus Flora storyteller, Yoyo, will guide this homerun production.

    PASTIME showcases the joys and passions of baseball as only Circus Flora can. With so many parallels between attending a performance at Circus Flora and going to a baseball game — summer nights; going with your family and friends, and sharing the excitement with a crowd of fellow St. Louisans— PASTIME is the perfect outing for fans in St. Louis, America’s best baseball city.

    “Baseball is such a magical sport, that we were inspired to capture the excitement of the game and the passion of the fans,” explains Artistic Director Jack Marsh. “Growing up, I remember going to baseball games, hotdog in hand, and was awe struck when I would see the bright green of the outfield. I felt as if I had left the city and entered a new world. Circus Flora audiences are similarly transported when they step into our Big Top and get whisked away to another world, full of possibilities and impossibilities. Also, for authenticity, we’ll be selling those very same twenty-five-year-old hotdogs I enjoyed as a child…just kidding”

    The always exciting, always affordable, Circus Flora takes place under the air-conditioned, red-and-white, big top in Grand Center, St. Louis’ arts and entertainment hub, adjacent to Powell Symphony Hall (corner of Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive). Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m.; and “Little Top Wednesday” at 10 a.m., a special abbreviated show for smaller kids or the “kids at heart.” Tickets for Pastime range from $10 – $48 (based on seating and performance). They are available through all MetroTix outlets including www.MetroTix.com and by phone at 314-534-1111. Tickets can also be purchased at the Fabulous Fox Theater Box Office, located at 531 North Grand Blvd. Box office hours are Monday- Friday 10am – 6pm, and Saturday 10am- 2pm. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling Circus Flora, 314-289-4044. Visit www.circusflora.org for more information.

    WATCH CIRCUS FLORA’S 2015 SEASON, HERE: 

    Circus Flora is not only just Missouri’s best theatrical circus and a hub of entertainment over the summer, it has multiple outreach organizations, such as Clowns on Call.

    The only program of its kind in the bi-state region, Clowns on Call brings laughter, healing, cheer and the wonders of circus to hospitalized children and their families. The program’s performers are experienced professional artists, skilled in multiple genres, including music, juggling, magic, improvisation, and slapstick. Spearheading the program is Claire Wedemeyer. Wedemeyer makes ‘clown rounds’ with partners, going room to room, entertaining at bedsides, as well producing shows in activity areas and playrooms. On select rounds, Claire partners with first section violinist Angie Smart of the St. Louis Symphony in collaboration with the SymphonyCares program.

    WATCH CLOWNS ON CALL, HERE: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wEqE7JDN1s

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