The circus is here on Guam!
by Nick Delgado
Guam - The circus is in town! The International All-Star Circus will thrill the crowds at the University of Guam Field House this weekend featuring the world's most talented aerial, dance and acrobat artists. And today, me.
Here on Guam to dazzle young and old is the Circus, which features 16 acts - from skip rope and balance to magic and the amazing modern day "William Tell" crossbow act. Cornell "Tuffy" Nicholas is the circus' owner, producer and ringmaster, and tells KUAM News, "You're gong to see incredible family entertainment some of the best performers on the planet are here on Guam this weekend - aerialists, contortionists, magicians, crossbow performances, daredevils, feats of agility. Just a lot of crazy good fun."
Nicholas also said, "Ours is a modern day circus and it's just the best performances you can see and the funniest clowns in the world."
The circus has been a part of Tuffy's entire life - his father was a ringmaster for the world-renowned Ringling Brothers Circus for 27 years and his mother also with the Ringling Brothers was a polar bear trainer.
Performers in the International All-Star Circus include professionals from Russia, Germany, USA, Chile, Venezuela, Moldavia, Ukraine and the Republic of Kazakhstan, including members of the famous Flying Wallenda family. Lyric is a seventh generation member of the world-famous Wallenda family. She is the great granddaughter of the late Karl Wallenda. Lyric began her professional career at the age of five and has mastered many types of Aerials acts along with the family tradition the high wire.
She participated with her family in The Monte Carlo Circus Festival 2004. The Wallendas took the Silver Clown for the USA, and said, "I'll do the hang perch with my mom and I'll hold her and I'll spin her by her neck."
The International All-Star Circus will perform eight shows in Guam at the University of Guam Field House, starting tonight through the weekend, and then will head to Saipan for performances there next week.
Tuffy said enthusiastically, "Don't miss the circus it will be the blast."
The next scheduled performance is at eight tonight, with additional performances Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices vary depending on general admission or VIP seating. Tickets begin at $15 for children (12 years and under), $25 for general adult seating and $40 for VIP seating for the shows in Guam. For Saipan, tickets are $10 for children (12 years and under), $20 for general adult seating and $30 for VIP seating.