by Micaela Williamson
We were thrilled to attend the Big Apple Circus's newest show, Metamorphosis, at Dulles Town Center. The show featured some amazing acts that left us on the edge of our seats. We like to support the Big Apple Circus because it is a non-profit organization rooted in many community based programs such as visits to children's hospitals, running an after school program, and distributing free tickets to schools and non-profits serving low-income families.
One of the stars of the show is Francesco the clown, who is not a "scary clown." He performs musical and magic tricks and picks volunteers from the audience for many of his acts.
Other spectacular acts include:
Finally, one reason many people, myself included, avoid the circus is because of the use of exotic animals. The Big Apple Circus does not use exotic animals, but rather farm animals such as dogs, goats, and ponies. The particular show we attended mentioned that the animals came from a farm in upstate New York. The animals are not forced to perform, receive positive reinforcement, and do not do anything crazy tricks. We liked that the Big Apple Circus is completely transparent in their animal care policies. Read more about their animal care here or email them if you have a specific question.
The performance time is around 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission. Refreshments such as candy, popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels and drinks are for sale. At our particular performance, bathroom facilities were port-a-potties. The big top is extremely comfortable and is air-conditioned/heated depending on the season. We greatly enjoyed Metamorphosis and recommend it for people of all ages.
Learn more at: http://bigapplecircus.org
Photo credits: The Big Apple Circus Pressroom
We received complimentary tickets for doing a review of this show. All opinions are our own.
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