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The Rock-itt : October 2009
St Ives Showgrounds They call it the 'Greatest Show on Earth' and it truly lives up to the name. From even before we got to the circus, there was much excitement at my house and on the morning, 5 year old Jordan (a first timer), reversed roles as he anxiously shook everyone out of bed and pushed us all out the door on time. We arrived at the showgrounds with plenty of time to check out 'sideshow alley' and the jumping castle before the show and stock up on all the necessary items like, show bags, glow sticks and inflatable boppers as well as popcorn, drinks and fairy floss. The minute we entered the big top, we entered another world, the music, the lights, and a great South American set created a magical atmosphere and the excellent special effects heightened the anticipation just before the start and the excitement, comedy and drama right throughout the show. Weber's Circus is run by Rudy and Natalie Weber who both have a long and celebrated history in classic and modern circus shows, touring with 'The Great Moscow Circus' and 'Cirque Le Voyageuse' as well as working on musicals like Cats, Grease and Shout and are renowned for their fantastic circus shows. Their three, talented daughters, Wonita, Dakota and Wonona, also travel and perform with them and the family have six generations of history in the circus. The two hour, action packed adventure started with a dramatic laser lightshow, then was followed by a barrage of nonstop, quality acts of the highest calibre, each with a high degree of theatrics and precision, pushing the boundaries to the limits which was rewarded with thunderous applause from the audience. We had great seats, first row, centre, just behind ringside and the action was so close that you could almost touch the larger than life performers, I personally was on the edge of my seat and wide eyed from the very start to the nail biting finale. With dazzling costumes, this touch of South America production featured exotic, salsa dancing, spinning hula hoops, jugglers, acrobats and gymnasts, aerial acts, swinging trapeze acts and of course the clowns who made regular appearances between acts and had us in stitches the whole time as they got the entire audience involved in the act and pulled unsuspecting people from ringside to take part. The 'Russian swing' featured all three daughters with a spectacular blindfolded, double somersault by 14 year old, Dakota. The production also includes miniature horses and performing dogs which we didn't see due to restrictions placed upon performing, circus animals by Ku- ringai Council (which is the only council still to lift the bans) however it was thoroughly entertaining start to finish. The showstopper was the 'Wheel of Death,' reaching to the top of the big top, it was a huge metal contraption to manoeuvre at the best of times and would require perfect balance and concentration or it could mean death as no harness or safety net is used. We were all very nervous as 'Hewin' a young, South American performer brilliantly executed the routines including blindfolded and jumping rope on top of the wheel. During the act there was a mishap with the skipping rope which I suppose could have been part of the show but we all nearly choked on our popcorn before he made good with a breathtaking finale. Wow! The show was nothing short of spectacular, taking us on a journey that made us laugh, almost cry and gasp in awe and was truly a fantastic experience that we will never forget. One of the things I'll remember most is Jordan's excitement and his constant giggling through the clown acts. Webers Circus comes to Boondah Reserve, Warriewood from 21 Oct to 22 Nov, so grab the kids and go and see this wonderfully amazing family show. Paz.