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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged Review

Last night we went to opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged show.  Unfortunately, we missed the All Access Preshow. The show was great! We had a lot of fun.  We all had different favorites though.  Kaitlynn said her favorite part was the clowns. I asked her what she like about the clowns and she said when they were juggling.  Dave's favorite part was the elephants.  My favorite part was a tie between the tigers and the elephants.  Tigers are my favorite animals, but the elephants really put on a show.  I can't believe some of the tricks / things they are able to be trained to do.  It was an amazing and fun show!

You have until Sunday to see this Fully Charged show! It is playing at Scottrade Center on Saturday, October 15th at 1PM and 5PM and on Sunday, October 16th at 12PM and 4PM. 
Save $4 on the performance of your choice by logging onto and entering in the coupon code: 11MOMFC. Discount is valid for any Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey performance. Arrive an hour early for the FREE All Access Pre Show Power Up Party!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged Fun Facts

Fun Facts about the performers, cast and staff:
-There are 118 performers, including a nine-member live band.
-This international cast and crew originate from four continents, and include individuals from 17 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Trinidad, United States of America, Uzbekistan, and Trinidad.
-The eleven major languages spoken backstage include Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, Hungarian, Kazakh, Moroccan, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
-Collectively, the cast of Fully Charged represents several thousand years of performing experience.
-There is a fully staffed nursery, day care and traveling school on tour with each Ringling Bros.® touring unit to accommodate the many families who compose the circus cast and crew.
-It takes about 16 hours to set up the entire show for the first performance in each city.
-It takes about 6-8 hours to tear down the show and load the circus train for each trip.

Fun Facts about the animals:
-The 56 animals on tour with Fully Charged include: Asian elephants (9); Names: Asia, Assan, Baby, Banko, Luna, Sarah, Siam II, Toby, and Tonka. Bengal Tigers (18); 12 appear in show, while the other 6 are in training. Includes Black/Orange, Black/White, Tabby, and all White variations. Zebras (5), Horses (24) including Friesian Horse (1), Paint Horse (4), Norwegian Fjord Horses (4), Arabian Horses (13) and Miniature Horse (2).
-All animals are groomed and exercised daily, either in the arena or in practice areas set up in the animal enclosures.
-Did you know? Each stripe pattern seen in the zebras and tigers is unique to each individual animal, similar to fingerprints or iris patterns in humans.
-Did you know? Each Asian elephant is born with toenails, hair, and four teeth – two upper, two lower. An elephant may get up to 6 sets of teeth in a lifetime.
-Did you know? In 1995, because of a deep commitment to the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® was established in central Florida. It has become a global leader in the reproduction, research and retirement of these magnificent animals, and works with partners world-wide to help ensure the survival of the species.

Fun Facts about the train:
-The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus train that brings Fully Charged® to each city on tour has a total of 59 cars, and has a total length over a mile long.
-The 59 cars on the Blue Unit Train include: 4 animal stock cars, 30 coaches for living, 2 concession storage cars, 19 flat bed equipment cars, 1 pie car (diner), 1 generator car, 1 shop car, and 1 auxiliary generator/shop car.
-The state-of-the-art generator car produces enough electricity to power the entire train, making it completely self sufficient 24/7/365.
-Periodic water stops are scheduled during train trips to refill water tanks for animals and people.
-Special stops are arranged on longer trips so the animals can get out for exercise.
-Each year an average of 1000 hours is spent traveling by train from city to city.
-The average distance the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® train travels between cities is 350 miles.
-The red unit train will travel an average of 16,000 miles in one year going coast to coast.
-The Ringling Bros. red unit train will bring Fully Charged to 78 cities on its two year tour.
-The train master walks a minimum of 3 miles per day in taking care of every aspect of the Ringling Bros. train.
-Each train car is custom built for a specific purpose at Feld Entertainment Rail Recycling Center in Palmetto, FL.
-It takes the Ringling Bros. rail recycling team 9000 man-hours to build one train car for The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Fun Facts about the costumes:
-More than 100 costume technicians, milliners, cutters, drapers, tailors, finishers, and assistants spent a total of 48,000 hours to create and build all the costumes for the Fully Charged® production. This does not include the many hours dedicated to the design process for each costume. 
-The costumes were all built in about 12 weeks.
-There are over 550 costumes in the production, with more than 100 hats, and nearly 1,000 shoes.
-And to bring on the bling, more than 3,140,000 rhinestones and sequins were applied to the costumes for this year’s production.
-Did you know? A full time wardrobe staff travels with The Greatest Show On Earth® to maintain the costumes to they look perfect, whether for the first opening night, or the last performance of a thousand show tour!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged  is coming to Scottrade Center on October 13-16, 2011.  
Save $4 on the performance of your choice by logging onto and entering in the coupon code: 11MOMFC. Enter Code in the "MC Promotions Box" on Ticketmaster.  Discount is valid for any Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey performance. (Offer not valid on Circus Celebrity, Front Row or VIP Tickets). Arrive an hour early for the FREE All Access Pre Show Power Up Party!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged

Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages!

The most electrifying edition ever of Ringling Bros.® celebrates ‘performance power’ that boosts circus-goers’ excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®, include Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully-charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian elephants in a symphony of dance. When he stands inside a cage, eye to eye with 12 ferocious tigers, Tabayara sees family where others see danger.

Audiences will feel the earth shake when the strongman duo of Dmitry and Ruslan, who are as wide as they are tall, enter the arena. The brawny twosome give the word ‘manpower’ a whole new meaning as they lift large, cumbersome telephone poles, which weigh up to half a ton, and twirl them above their heads while acrobats balance atop.

The fearless Fernandez Brothers dial up the thrills as they perform daring feats of athleticism on the Twin Turbines of Steel, including extreme jumps and twists inside the moving wheels! Audiences will crackle with excitement as they watch Guillermo perform a 360-degree, flying-forward somersault, three stories in the air, a feat so difficult it has only been attempted by one other person in the 141-year history of Ringling Bros. The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, sets the arena sky ablaze as he rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow. Don’t blink as he flashes across the sky in less than a second, and travels 80 feet at 65 miles per hour.

Ever wonder how many clowns it takes to change a light bulb? The hilarious hoopla continues to flow as the clowns from the world-famous Ringling Bros.® Clown Alley, charge up the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy.

You can only experience this current of excitement at Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! Get your tickets for high-voltage fun today!

Show times are:
Thur. Oct. 13 7:00PM
Fri. Oct. 14 10:30AM, 7:00PM
Sat. Oct. 15 1:00PM, 5:00PM
Sun. Oct. 16 12:00PM, 4:00PM

Save $4 on the performance of your choice by logging onto Ticketmaster and entering in the coupon code: 11MOMFC. Enter Code in the “MC Promotions Box” on Ticketmaster. Discount is valid for any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance. Offer not valid on Circus Celebrity, Front Row or VIP Tickets. Service charges and handling fees may apply.

Arrive an hour early for the FREE All Access Pre Show Power Up Party!!!!