June 26, 2016

 Rehearsal Schedule
ALL rehearsals are mandatory. They are physically demanding. I suggest circus students go to bed earlier than their normal bedtime.

Each session runs for 1 hour (unless noted). If you have a conflict listed in the Excuse Absence list (below), you will be excused to meet your other obligation. All other absences are unexcused. If you have any new obligations, email them to bruce@circusofthekids.com.

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June 26, 2016

 Cast List for JCC of Youngstown
Congratulations to everyone who auditioned to be in the circus!

• THIS LIST IS FINAL. No changes, with regards to act assignments or rehearsal times, will be made.
• The practice schedule is listed separtely. Find your name & act below, then find when your act practices.
• YOU MUST SHOW UP TO ALL PRACTICES. Check schedules carefully.
• We tried to write the schedule around your needs.
• Each practice session runs 1 hour (unless specified).
•The rehearsal schedules are also posted at circus.

• Appropriate PRACTICE CLOTHES includes: leotards, shorts, T-shirts, shoes, warm-up or sweat pants. No jewelry.
• If we left your name off this list by accident, do not panic. Send an email to bruce@circusofthekids for your act assignment.
• Be sure to let us know if a name is misspelled. We’ll use these names in the souvenir program and for the credits on the video.
• If your name has ** before it and/or if you are an ALTERNATE please contact Bruce ASAP.

BIKE - BICYCLE FOR FIVE (building pyramids on a moving bicycle)
DT - DOUBLE TRAPEZE (2 people working together on a high trapeze)
FABRIC - (climb up 10 to 15 feet on a piece of fabric. Learn ways to tie yourself in and drop)
FIRE - (fire manipulation and fire eating)
FLY - FLYING TRAPEZE (going from a swinging trapeze to the hands of a swinging catcher)
HB - HAND BALANCING (human pyramids)
HIYR - HIGH WIRE (walking a wire 24 inches above the floor)
JESTER - (hula hooping, tumbling, feather balancing -- just plain fun)
LADDER - (simliar moves to TT, LIRA and WEB but performed on a hanging ladder)
LC - LOW CASTING (a low flying trapeze {see above} but with a stationary catcher)
LT - LIONS AND TIGERS (adorable -- dressed as wild animals and performing with our wild animal trainer, kids jump through hoops, growl and roll over)
MT - MINI TRAMP (simliar to a gymnastic spring board but doing tricks over people)
QT - QUARTETTE ADAGIO (human rag doll)
RM - RING MASTER/MISTRESS (the person who presents the whole show to the community)
ROLLA - ROLLA ROLLA (a student and a circus coach balance together on top of a board on a cylinder
SKATE - (a student and a coach spin in circles as the students climbs onto the coach in different positions)
SiT - STATIC TRAP (2 Students on a spinning single trapeze)
SwT - SWINGING TRAPEZE (sitting and standing on a swinging trapeze, the student jumps off and catches by their hands and ankles)
TEETER - TEETER BOARD (students stand on one end of a see saw as a big person jumps on the other end and catapults the student into the air)
TUMBLING - Includes several activities including tumbling, pyramid building, peacock feather balancing and hula hooping.
TT - TRIPLE TRAPEZE (a triple wide trapeze with 2 to 6 people on it)
WEB - SPANISH WEB (a rope with a loop at the top so students can hang by their wrist or ankle)

The ‘Stick -d
Bryce Allison Globe
Raquel Allison JRope
Francesca Cassese Bike
Katharine Chapin Fire
Loukia Davis-Keramidas Lira
Gurmeer Gill JRope
Manmeer Gill Globe
Blythe Hively HiYr
Tres Hively MT
Lorena Kennedy DT
Izabella Krekus JRope
Arthur Lamb JRope
Esther Lamb MT
Vincenzo Laprocina MT
Charlie Marbury HiYr
Zoe McNeil HiYr
ella miller Globe
Finnian O\'Hara RM
Sanaa Pitts MT
Simone Pitts Skate
Sonia Pitts Lira
Ivy Rawl Rolla
Thomas Rawl Globe
Violet Rawl JRope
Andrew Rock Globe
Jason Rock MT
John Rock Globe
Maeve Saxon Bike
Owen Schwendeman Bike
lily weiss Lira
Mary Ann woods HiYr

    June 26, 2016

     Excused Absence List
    To help you meet prior commitments and allow you to be in CIRCUS, we will approve 3 excused absences and will try to schedule some of your rehearsals around prior commitments.


    We will schedule your circus rehearsals around a maximum of 3 obligations between auditions and show time. If we are not able to schedule around your 3 obligations, you will be excused from circus practice, with no penalty, to meet your other obligations.

    You may list additional obligations but they will be treated as optional times. If it is possible for us to schedule around them, we will. However, if we cannot, you are required to be at circus practice.

    This list needs to be accurate and stay current for it to be effective. You may change your obligations by email (bruce@circusofthekids.com) as long as the rehearsal schedule for the day you want to modify has not been scheduled or posted. Please put SCHEDULE CHANGE in the subject line. Sorry, but we do not excuse an absence after the fact.

    You only get 1 emergency to miss a rehearsal. This is for an unforeseen situation that you have to deal with. More than 1 unexcused absence jeopardizes your position in CIRCUS.

    Mass rehearsals are mandatory and they cannot be scheduled around. In addition, please do not request time off on the day before dress rehearsal or on dress rehearsal day.

    ---- end of policy ---

    WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOT THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE -- it is the list of times I am scheduling you around to get you here and allow you to meet your other obligations.

    Rehearsal times are below the following list.

    1) R = Thursday, N=Sunday
    2) An * is an unknown time (i.e. *-6 means you cannot be here until 6)
    3) We desginate specific dates by listing a day followed by a number (i.e. R2 is the second Thursday).
    4) Times listed in parenthesis are optional.
    5) Please clear your calendar from Wed, Jun 8 at 6 PM through the performances. We can not work excused absences around show time.

    Week 1: Jun 27 (Mon) - July 1 (Fri)
    Week 2: n/a
    Week 3: n/a

    Finnian O\'Hara M1 T1 6-8
    Sanaa Pitts W1 1-2
    Simone Pitts W1 1-2
    Sonia Pitts W1 1-2
    Andrew Rock W1 345-445
    Jason Rock M1 4-530, W1 245-345
    John Rock W1 315-415
    Owen Schwendeman W1 a-4
    lily weiss M1 5-*

      June 26, 2016

       Welcome to our new friends at the JCC of Youngstown
      Hi and welcome to Circus of the Kids.

      Congratulations for choosing to do something wildly unique!

      To keep you in the loop, I will be posting information here from now through show time so be sure to check regularly for updates.

      By 7 AM on Monday you will be able to find the Cast List and rehearsal schedule online. Only children who have been registered on the Circus of the Kids web site will be allowed to practice. If you have still not registered, please click on the link on the right.

      Remember if you have any schedule obligations not listed above, please email them immediately and I will attempt to work around your needs.

      Welcome to CIRCUS, I hope you have a great time!


        January 3, 2012

         CIRCUS GRANT 2016-17
        We award 6 grants each school year to cover the expenses of Circus of the Kids. Click on the link below to learn about the grant.

        April 5, 2011

         New Report On Education
        This is a research project that we commissioned so we could understand some of the problems in education.

        September 20, 2007

         Press Coverage

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        May 19, 2007

         COTK Video on the Web

        May 18, 2007

         Emails about the show...
        What a show! I am proud of all the Butler Elementary School circus students and what all of you accomplished in the last 2 weeks. Wow!

        A couple of emails have been shared with me that I thought you might like to read. I guess I am not the only person who is impressed with you what you accomplished.

        Congratulations on a job well done!


        Dear Colleagues

        I just returned from Butler Elementary in Bedfoird where our Parkview students attended the Circus of the Kids show

        What an incredible achievement for the students and the school. The Circus of the Kids organization has, over only several weeks, tranformed Butler students into professional Circus performers.

        When I arrived, I did not know what to expect and was completely blown away by the show. It was big league in every way. A real circus!

        The shows continues through the weekend with a Friday evening performance at 7pm and 2 performances (2pm and 7pm) on Staurday and Sunday.

        Congratulations to Renalee and the Butler staff and community for a truly exceptional school project. In Circus parlance: you have really raised the Bar!

        Hope you can get to see it!


        I have spent my whole teaching career trying to do big things that can be life changing for my students.

        What you have created for your students is a memory that will live in their minds forever... Long after they have forgotten what we have taught them in the classroom, they will remember how this circus made them feel.

        Garry Phillips, my favourite guru says that the number one poverty in a child\'s life is the abscence of enriching life experiences. Today, you enriched a whole community.

        Please help
        COTK by
        donating today

        Registration is now open for:

        Youngstown, OH
        JCC of Youngstown

        Allentown, PA
        JCC of the Lehigh Valley

        Greenwich, CT
        Camp Gan Israel - Greenwich

        Springfield, MA
        Springfield JCC

        Wynnewood, PA
        Kaiserman JCC

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        Allentown, PA
        JCC of the Lehigh Valley

        Youngstown, OH
        JCC of Youngstown

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