June 29, 2015

 Excused Absences
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.

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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.

Week 1: June 29-July 3
Week 2: n/a
Week 3: n/a

AGAIN -- THIS_IS_NOT_THE_REHEARSAL_SCHEDULE. The rehearsal schedule is posted below this list.

Ivy Rawl W1 430-8
Thomas Rawl W1 9-1015, 430-8
Violet Rawl W1 430-8
Violet Rawl W1 430-8

    June 28, 2015

     Rehearsal Schedule - Update
    ALL rehearsals are mandatory. Each one runs for 1 hour (unless noted). If you have a conflict listed in the Excused 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.

    If you do not see the current schedule, please refresh your browser.

    June 28, 2015

     Cast List (update)
    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, please see Bruce when you get to practice.
    • If you know anyone who wants to join the circus, we still have more positions. Ask them to contact Bruce immediately

    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 done 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)
    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)

    Bryce Allison -- Bike
    Bryce Allison -- MT
    Raquel Allison -- Skate
    Raquel Allison -- Globe
    Francesca Cassese -- Skate
    Loukia Davis-Keramidas -- MT
    Loukia Davis-Keramidas -- TT
    Josie DeBellis -- TT
    Lucian DeBellis -- HiYr
    Luke DeJoseph -- Globe
    Sam DeJoseph -- Teeter
    Sam DeJoseph -- MT
    Gurmeer Gill -- Teeter
    Gurmeer Gill -- MT
    manmeer gill -- TT
    Tres Hively -- HiYr
    Lorena Kennedy -- QT
    Lorena Kennedy -- TT
    Izabella Krekus -- Globe
    Arthur Lamb -- MT
    Arthur Lamb -- Bike
    Esther Lamb -- Juggle
    Esther Lamb -- Bike
    Vincenzo Laprocina -- Bike
    Astrid Moran -- MT
    Astrid Moran -- Bike
    Anthony Mudryk -- Juggle
    Anthony Mudryk -- Bike
    Gary Mudryk -- Juggle
    Gary Mudryk -- MT
    lyndon nelson -- Globe
    Finn O\'Hara -- MT
    Bryce Pinter -- Juggle
    Bryce Pinter -- Globe
    Simone Pitts -- HiYr
    Sonia Pitts -- Globe
    Ivy Rawl -- Skate
    Thomas Rawl -- HiYr
    Violet Rawl -- MT
    Violet Rawl -- Bike
    Liam Roberts -- Globe
    Liam Roberts -- TT
    Lily Weiss -- DT
    Lily Weiss -- RM

      June 28, 2015

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

      I will be posting information here from now through show time so be sure to check regularly for updates.

      By 6 AM Monday, I will post the Cast List and rehearsal schedule. Only campers who 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!


        September 1, 2014

         Juggling Workshops
        If you have received mail from us regarding our 1 day juggling workshops, please click on the appropriate link below. Once you receive the download, completely fill out the last page and fax it back.

        January 3, 2012

         CIRCUS GRANT 2014-15
        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
        The Dunwoody Crier
        copy this link to see this article:

        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:

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        Springfield, MA
        Springfield JCC

        Wynnewood, PA
        Kaiserman JCC

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        Springfield JCC

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