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Growing up in the Big Apple Circus

big-apple-bikeWhat do “circus kids” do while their parents rehearse for performances, manage ticket sales, or work to lift the “Big Top” into place?

This week at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, the last stop on the Big Apple Circus’ 11-month, eight-venue tour, they rode bikes, visited the horse stable, hung out in make-shift clubhouses and relaxed with their pets outside their mobile homes.

The nine school-age children also go to school in a “One Ring School House” (which they call ORSH), and some like Adriano Anastansini, 12, perform with their parents.

Anastansini, who is a 9th generation circus performer, has been on the road since he was born, traveling throughout the U.S (he’s been to every state except Alaska and Hawaii). He began performing when he was five.

“Sometimes when you are on the road so much, you feel like you want to slow down,” Anastansini says. “But then when you do take a break, all you want to do is get back. It’s a very good life.”

The Details:

The Big Apple Circus is a one-ring classical circus. The show is family-friendly, air-conditioned, and all seats are within 50 feet of the ring.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, July 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 – 11: 30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 13 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15 – Noon and 4:00 p.m.

Tickets, which range in price from $16 to $42, can be purchased online at www.bigapplecircus.org; via phone at (888) 541-3750; at the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, 4945 Old Post Road, Charlestown, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily ($1 service charge per ticket) or at the Circus Box Office, outside the Big Top (in Ninigret Park, off Route One in Charlestown), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Erin Barrette Goodman (www.eringoodman.com) is a writer, yoga teacher and mother of two in Southern Rhode Island. She is the founder of the Rhode Island Birth Network (www.ribirth.net), and enjoys leading retreats and monthly sharing circles for mothers.

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  • Wow, Erin! Thanks for sharing a bit of the story of the Big Apple Circus kids. I love this passionate, best-of-the-best circus, but I never thought about the kids – of course there are kids!