The final ticketed tour to perform at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, this weekend, Sept. 15-18, 2016. Ironically, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus was also the first performance to open the brand new venue (Arco Arena) in 1988. And this show, Out of This World, takes the circus to a whole new level – literally. The plot of the circus reaching into space gives the audience a whole new spin on the traditional circus, but don’t worry. While there are some new, exciting, 21st century acts, there are still plenty of the traditional thrilling and (no doubt nostalgic) circus acts as well.
While the story of ringmaster Johnathan battling intergalactic (evil) queen Tatiana for the magic telescope that is needed to scope out the most talented circus performances in the universe is a little hokey, the overall feel of the circus was pretty darn exciting and definitely gave those of us in the audience the thrill we were seeking while living vicariously through talented daredevils.
The show opens with an exciting spacewalk featuring three astronauts balancing on foot, on chairs, and on each other, all while spinning on a space wheel. The backdrop of this act is of course, outer space which consists of plenty of colorful spinning planets. At the end of the act (and much to our great surprise), those spinning planets give way and transform into clear globes with dancing contortionists inside. Pair this colorful and energetic scene with exciting and heart-pumping music, and you’ve got a spectacular opening to a great show.
In addition to the modern special effects that take the circus up several notches from the circus I remember as a kid, there were also your traditional (but no less impressive) acrobats, clowns and animal tamers. The acrobats swung, flipped and generated plenty of oohs and ahs from the audience, the clowns put smiles on our faces, and the beautiful lions and tigers impressed us with their tricks while at the same time making us a little nervous with their roars and occasional disobedience. There were also horses, llamas, donkeys, pigs (yes, pigs), cute dogs jumping through hoops and over jump ropes and just simply being adorable. And have I mentioned that the circus ring was surrounded by ice? Yep, there were characters, acrobats, and even animals entertaining us on the ice. Pretty cool.
Here’s what we loved the most about Out of this World:
- The globe-enclosed contortionists
- The lion and tiger act
- Globe of Steel motorcross
- The dog tricks – sheer cuteness
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of this World performs through Sunday, Sept. 18 at Sleep Train Arena. Tickets prices start at $10 and can be purchased here.