Each year, our show spends one month under the Big Top – but it takes more than a year to prepare. Every season brings new opportunities, new challenges, and new memories. The Case of the Missing Bellhop sprang to life during a time of great change for Circus Flora, with our new permanent home and our earlier season. It’s my pleasure to share with our friends and fans this behind-the-scenes glimpse into our process.
I didn’t expect was the sheer joy I would have volunteering – and the start of a tradition that continues to this day. We all look forward to seeing our “Circus Friends” every year. The yearly Volunteer Dinner feels like a family reunion. I have made many wonderful friends among the other volunteers who are now a part of my everyday life.
We’ve got some incredible circus acts lined up: Roxane Gilliand on the Swinging Trapeze (without a net!), Yoyo the clown, The Flying Wallendas on the high-wire, The Alanian Riders who will perform acrobatics on, off, and under galloping horses, trained pigs, The St. Louis Arches, and trampoline acrobatics.
“Hospital clowning?! What’s that?” . . . is often the first response when I tell people about my job. So, let me tell you a little bit about our “Clowns on Call” program and our work with our primary partner, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
There's a lot more change happening at Circus Flora: a new site for our Big Top, new office space, and some very exciting new productions on the horizon. Though this is keeping us all very busy, it can also be important to step back once in a while and keep a perspective on why we are doing what we are doing.