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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 www.ticketmaster.com 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!!!!