It's happening… this head-spinning journey that has been the creation and rehearsal of the Kids Circus Show. From a small idea 9 months ago, to the dazzlingly complex and wonderful production that is going to be unveiled tomorrow night, it's been a long process of blood, sweat and tears. I just can't believe we're really doing this, so I'm blogging now to let it sink in.
Things began to turn around during the winter, when the Totem School signed on to the idea of doing an end-of-year circus show, possibly on stage. We committed to doing circus for Phys Ed in Portland and Vancouver, and I started getting more serious with the kids' training while we were in California.
We got Baz and Anthony to agree to participate.
The Artistic team agreed to have the show on the stage.
The parents started bringing their kids in for more-regular training, as much as 4 or 5 times a week.
Alya stepped in to take over key pieces - the show's opening, closing, and general artistic direction.
Kids chose acts - sometimes having to step up to a greater challenge, sometimes having to scale back their ambitions.
Other parents began accepting responsibility for other acts, choreographing and finding music.
Costumes were purchased, made, and modified.
Props were built and acquired - trapezes, hula-hoops, clown props.
And along the way, the operations and technical and artistic departments of Totem began to take us more and more seriously. It wasn't until mid-spring that we finally got the riggers to agree that we could do the aerial acts on the stage. And then there was a key meeting, which brought together all departments - including PMed, the Head Coach, lighting, sound, automation, carpentry, etc. - for a review of what we wanted to do, and to make a plan moving forwards. I was stunned when I came out of this meeting - I had expected crossed arms and "No"s - and what I found were a dozen people saying "what can I do? how can I help?"
Dress rehearsal photos courtesy of Annette Bauer.