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July 16, 2014

Circus takes center ring

Loyal participants the key to Peru Amateur Circus' success over years

PERU – Even after 13 years with the Peru Amateur Circus, Connor Quin said the feeling of performing in front of hundreds every night never gets old.

Quin, who has performed every act imaginable during his time with the circus, said the audience and the friendships he has formed over the years fuel his desire to perform.

“When you’ve worked on something for months and months and finally get it, it’s a great feeling to have the crowd roar and come to their feet and clap,” he said. “The atmosphere when you get here and the audience is amazing. You can’t get that anywhere else.”

Quin is one of the veterans among the 205 children between the ages of 7 and 21 who participate in the Peru Amateur Circus, which kicked off its 55th season Friday.

It has been the efforts of loyal participants such as Quin that have made the Peru Amateur Circus a success, the show’s co-producer Mark Hall said Sunday.

Hall, who has been involved with the circus for 15 years, said planning for the circus begins in the fall, when trainers set up acts they’d like to see in the show. There’s a roundup in March where children meet the trainers and try out for acts in which they hope to participate.

“It’s just really exciting seeing the kids get excited when they put their costumes on and the lights go on,” he said. “When they see the crowd, they really step it up. They work hard for so long, doing nothing but practice. Then they get 11 shows to showcase what they’ve worked so hard at.

“You see these kids in the stands when they’re younger with their big brother or sister,” he added. “They can’t even walk yet, and now some of them are on the flying trapeze and the high wire. You get really close to them.”

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