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July 19, 2022

34th Annual Children’s Circus of Middletown Performance

The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Oddfellows Playhouse presents the 34th Children’s Circus of Middletown: CHILDREN’S CIRCUS GOES VIRAL!

This annual, unique show will take place August 5th at 5PM. In case of rain, the performance will take place August 6th at 5PM. The performance will be held outside at Macdonough School, 66 Spring St. Middletown, CT.

This performance is the culmination of a 5 week day camp for 160 kids ages 5 – 15, in which they work with professional circus artists to learn juggling, stilting, unicycling, dance, balance, acrobatics and other circus skills. The annual performance includes the 160 youth performers, 40 staff and a live circus band of 15 adults and teenagers. The Children’s Circus of Middletown has been an annual collaboration between Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and the Middletown Commission on the Arts since 1989. In 2018 the Children’s Circus was awarded the NY Life Foundation’s Excellence in Summer Learning Award.

Children’s Circus director Jason Leinwand lays out the scenario for this year’s circus: “This year the Children’s Circus of Middletown Goes Viral. Our unparalleled team of influencers have cracked the algorithm and plan to deliver the most hyped, most “liked” and most viral circus ever! We’ll dive deep into social media to explore all that trends! See Jugglers fight a computer virus! Witness the acrobats attempt to create the greatest FAIL video of all time! Marvel at the epic unboxing adventure of the unicyclists! How many views can we get?!?! Like and subscribe and be sure to leave comments below!”

Tickets are available the day of performance; $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Please call to reserve wheelchair seating. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. Street parking around the neighborhood. Handicapped & Elderly parking only in the school lot.

The Children’s Circus is part of the Kids Arts Program of the City of Middletown’s Office of the Arts and Culture and is directed and produced by Oddfellows Playhouse. Major support is provided by the United Way of Middlesex County, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Middletown Public Schools, the Evan Boyd Knoll Memorial Circus Fund, and the M. Jones Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Oddfellows is also supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, The Stare Fund, The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, The Fund for Greater Hartford, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, American Savings Foundation, Middletown Youth Services Bureau, Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, CHEFA Cultural Relief Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts/New England Arts Resilience Fund, George & Grace Long Foundation, and many generous individual donors.

Oddfellows Playhouse offers year-round programs in theater, circus, music, dance, technical theater, and visual arts to young people ages 3-20. For additional information, contact info@oddfellows.org, call (860) 347-6143 or go to www.oddfellows.org.

 

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