April 30, 2015

 Performance Weekend Schedule
NOTE: The cast photos and sibling photos need to be re-taken. We are going to do them on Saturday starting at 6 PM so your call time is 5:45.

1 PM - Cast Call - everyone in costume
2 PM - Circus Performance

5:45 PM - Cast Call
7 PM - Circus performance

12:30 PM - Cast Call - everyone in costume
1:30 PM - Circus Performance
3:30-5:00 Cast and Crew Party
5 PM - Cast Call
6 PM - Circus performance

    April 30, 2015

     Performance Weekend Notes
    This is it. Can you believe it? It is show time!

    The kids have worked hard to create a show that should amaze and astound you. This show is one you want to share with everyone so I hope your entire family, your friends and friends of your child will be in the audience.

    On performance day, our expectations of you and your family are different than they have been so far. To help everything run smoothly, please be aware of each of the following:

    If you sold tickets, they must be validated and paid for by end of dress rehearsal on Thursday night (tonight).

    Video Cameras are not permitted in the gym from the Thursday evening dress rehearsal through the Sunday night performance. Please leave it at home. However, there is one exception -- you are welcome to purchase a PRESS PASS from the souvenir table so you can use your video camera at the show. The press pass is good for the whole weekend but you must have 1 press pass for each video camera at any one show. In other words, if you are bringing 3 video cameras to a single performance, you must have 3 press passes. Press Pass is $25 plus a $5 deposit.

    All souvenir and ticket prices will be full price starting on Friday. if you are planning to get a weekend pass, a DVD, etc., you will save money if you order it before we close on Thursday night.

    The gym is closed from 2 hours until 30 minutes before any posted show time.

    Cast members should bring something to do during the shows. They have to wait a long time back stage between cues.

    A. Costume: CIRCUS OF THE KIDS provides the basic costume. You are only permitted to wear things you are assigned and you must wear all items assigned to you. Remember to leave all of your jewelry at home.
    B. Hair: If it is long enough to be put up, put it up in a tight bun. Your hair should not dangle (i.e. pony tails are not acceptable).
    D. Underwear: Wearing underwear under your circus costume is optional. If you choose to wear it, the best color to wear is skin toned. Some of our costumes are not completely opaque. Therefore, DO NOT wear something with bright designs (i.e. polka dots, stripes, etc.) And remember, NO BOXERS.

    A. The Cast Call to get ready for each performance is 90 minutes before show time. Be on time.
    B. ONLY cast members are allowed back stage. Sorry, friends and parents are not allowed in any of the back stage areas. Food is not permitted in back stage areas nor is anyone wearing a costume allowed to put anything in their mouth except water (no gum, candy, food, etc.)

    A. You are responsible for returning all of your costume pieces.
    B. Return your costume by placing it back in your costume bag and giving it to the person who is collecting costumes. Be sure they check your name off. Do not leave it or give it to someone else to return. Remember, YOU are responsible for it until we know it is returned.
    C. We have an evaluation form for you to let us know how we did. Please download it from the link below and bring it to the show or send it to us.

    I am glad you joined the circus. Thank you. I hope it is an experience your whole family fondly remembers for a long time. I look forward to seeing you in the future!


    April 13, 2015

     Welcome to our new friends at Royster Middle School
    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 I will post the Cast List and rehearsal schedule for Wednesday. Only students 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

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