|Stephanie's children, Aaron & Rylie, enjoying the circus.|
My family had the opportunity to attend the opening night of "Built to Amaze!". It was a theme we had never seen before. If you get there sometime in the hour before the show starts you can experience the interactive preshow down on the main floor.
As you walk around you will see clowns juggling & women twirling from the ceiling on scarves. The performers will pose for photos or autograph your program. You can try on circus clothes and enter to win an elephant painting. My son likes to get a temporary tattoo and a red clown nose every time we go. This year they also had free mini bags of campfire brand marshmallows and endangered species awareness band bracelets.
During the preshow they did several clown acts, the horses did an act, & there was a dance party time for the kids. Our favorite part is always being up close to see the elephants. You could tell that the elephant loves to perform. Not only did she paint, but she also kicked a beach ball back and forth with the crowd.
Everyone was in building and construction costumes as they "built" the show. During the middle they changed to pink for the girls and blue for the boys as they competed on who would manage the show. I liked that by the end they were all working together.
There were multiple things going on during the show so you always had something to watch. Our seats were near the west entrance. I recommend getting seats on the east side of the Palace if you don't want tightrope lines crossing your view.
Here is a little bit more about some of the acts.
|Super Circus Supervisors|
Builders in their own right, Alex and Irina Emelin have spent years constructing never-before-seen acts full of comedy, animals, magic, and dynamic athleticism. Dubbed as the official project managers of Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE! Alex and Irina assist the Ringmaster in getting The Greatest Show On Earth® built for audiences across the US.
|Fun Fact: They are movie fans, so all of their dogs are named after famous actors.|
Joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® for the first time, Robert Stipka presents an amazing display of synchronized horses that unites powerful yet elegant Fjord, Friesian and Arab horses in a mesmerizing living carousel.
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Now showing at The Palace of Auburn Hills until Sunday November 16th!
Thursday, Nov. 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14 – 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15 – 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16 – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Check out these Ringling Media photos.
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|The Tower Tumblers were one of our favorite acts.|
|Gemma Grace - The Human Cannonball|
|Wheel of Steel|
More info. about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Including helpful animal facts & resources.
Find more info. about Built To Amaze!
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