Damian and Vanessa gave Janice a voucher for the Lighthouse Theatre for her birthday. She could not make up her mind what show to see but one day she read the circus was coming to town.
‘That is what we will go to see, “Circus Oz”.’
When Janice was a girl, and even when your parents were young, circuses were held in big striped canvas tents that appeared overnight in paddocks like big mushrooms.Some of the performers were animals, lions,
Circus people lived in caravans and the animals were kept in small cages. They were trained to do all sorts of tricks which would not have made them very happy. Nowadays circuses are not allowed to keep animals in this way so it is young people who are the highly trained performers.
When Janice and Frank went to the circus they went up in the lift to the back of the theatre. They were in the very back row. That was good because Janice could take photos. The theatre looked like its everyday self but a couple of funny people came along and painted the arms of the seats and people’s faces to brighten them up. Luckily it was really water in their paint cans!
The juggler was not nearly as scary to watch but she juggled cones very cleverly. The photo is clever too because it shows the air moving that they couldn’t really see. The big trombone in the corner is not just a prop. It was played beautifully.
There were lots more exciting acts but after two hours the circus performance finished. With all the excitement this seemed long enough for the many children in the audience and for grown ups like Janice and Frank too. ‘