Roll Up Roll Up the circus is in town, well Alicante actually!!!! After leaving Elche, the Gran Circo Alaska had made its way to Alicante, Michelle and I decided to take Ashlee and Miriam, and eagerly booked the tickets online. The last time I went to a circus was when I was really young and this was Ashlee´s first time, so the levels of excitement were high.
The troupe at Gran Circo Alaska perform many different shows, including the Wizard of Oz, the Ice Queen, Circo Rojo – Killerland (adult show) and this particular one was a tribute to Kids Films.
Once we were in the queue, Ashlee and Miriam were asking what it was going to be like and Michelle explained that all the seats are around a circle in the middle where the different artists perform, and I said it´s like Britain´s Got Talent in real life!!! Luckily we got there in plenty of time and were able to get front row seats in the section our tickets were for, as each section is filled on a first come, first seated basis. We bought some candy floss and drinks and patiently waited in anticipation as the big top began to fill up with lots of excited families.
Stage smoke filled the air as the Ringmaster entered the ring and introduced us to the performers, and then the show began. First came an acrobat who used her feet and hands to spin towels, footballs and tubes and the finale was a to spin a tube with flaming circles on the ends!!! Next came a talented Ballerina/Dancer followed by a painfully flexible contortionist and an acrobat who performed risky moves as he swung above the crowd on a large rope, scraping the roof of the tent, causing the girls to react strongly to some of his scarier manoeuvres!!! To calm the tension down some kids´ characters came into the ring including Planes and PJ Masks, and then there was a photo opportunity during the interval.
The second part of the show started with two performers who kept the crown captivated as they told a love story using dance, a suspended ring and lots of strength!!! Then more kids´ characters, this time from Paw Patrol and Ladybug and the Cat Noir, entered the ring which the kids, especially the younger ones, really enjoyed. The clowns then made another appearance (they entertained us a few times throughout the show) and had us all in stitches with another hilarious interactive performance.
The trapeze artists were both thrilling and heart-stopping to watch as they spun, swung and flipped above the centre of the big top. The magician and quick-change lady were next to the ring and we were all shocked at how fast the tricks came and the costumes changed!!!
The clowns came out and threw some giant balls which kept the crowd busy before the grand finale where we got to see all the members of the troupe one last time before the show came to an end. Throughout the show there was an amazing atmosphere and lots of cheers, gasps, clapping and singing from the crowd. The balance of entertainment and interaction was perfectly suited to a family audience.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and left the big top with smiles on our faces and a spring in our step. Ashlee and Miriam said they wanted to go again every day . This non-animal circus, was excellent value for money, we all had an amazing time and highly recommend it.
Join us next month for some more fun “Out and About”. To find out when they will be back in the area go to their website: www.grancircoalaska.com
Star and Ashlee xxx