Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Out of This World Performance takes the Circus to a Whole New Level

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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:

  1. The globe-enclosed contortionists
  2. The lion and tiger act
  3. Globe of Steel motorcross
  4. 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.

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Win Tickets: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of this World

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring their newest circus production to Sacramento Sept. 15-18, 2016 as the last ticketed tour to perform at Sleep Train Arena. And this doesn’t look to be your mother’s circus. While you’ll see traditional circus performers such as acrobats, clowns and ferocious animals, Out of this World will provide so much more. The production will send its performers and audience members into the future for a magical, intergalactic space quest. Here’s the plot:

“The story begins with magical circus Starseeker Paulo, who travels the universe with a Magic Telescope in search of the greatest and most talented circus stars. Paulo discovers two hopeful young stars, Johnathan and Davis. After an audition, the Magic Telescope selects Johnathan as a future Ringmaster. Davis is then recruited by Tatiana, Queen of the Circus of Fire, to join her on her evil quest for intergalactic circus domination.

After searching the galaxy far and wide, Starseeker Paulo and Ringmaster Johnathan have all of the stars needed for their circus. The two are ready to bring The Greatest Show On Earth® back to Earth, when Queen Tatiana captures their circus stars and hides them on distant planets across the galaxy to ensure that her own Circus of Fire can rise unchallenged. Paulo and Johnathan’s mission to retrieve their circus stars from across the galaxy begins!”

Sounds like a can’t-miss adventure, right? Well, we’ve got four tickets to the opening night performance to give away to one lucky reader.  If you would like a chance to win tickets to this exciting new show, take a look at this video about the show and answer the following question:

Who is jumping rope in the video?

 Leave your answer in the comment section below by 5:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. A winner will be selected via random drawing on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Good luck!

What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of this World

When: Sept. 15-18, 2016

Where: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Get your tickets here.

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Frozen Fever is Alive and Well at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this Weekend

Disney on Ice Frozen 1With three girls under the age of six, Frozen fever is alive and well at our house – and Disney on Ice Presents Frozen did not disappoint! Having never been to any of the Disney on Ice productions, I was curious to see how they would make the story come to life.  First and foremost you knew it was going to be a kid-friendly show.  Everyone was encouraged to dance and sing along, to laugh out loud when they thought something was funny (side note: Sleep Train Arena has booster seats available for FREE and we found that very helpful!).  The costumes were bright and fun, and my daughter especially enjoyed seeing Sven and Olaf come to life.  The movements of the performers were very exaggerated and a bit over the top, but when you think about it in the context of performing to a young audience in a large arena it seemed more appropriate.

The visual effects were eye-catching – a lot of colorful flags and ribbons, pyrotechnics, and of course, SNOW!  Every time the snow fell you could hear an audible gasp from the crowd and my four-year-old loved it!  The ice skating itself was also impressive, but almost overlooked because there were so many other things to focus on.

I thought the highlight of the show was going to be Elsa’s “Let it go”, which was mesmerizing to watch with all of the bursts of light and falling snow, but it was clear that Olaf’s “In Summer” was the crowd favorite.  It seemed like all of the performers participated in that number and my daughter loved seeing butterflies, bees, flowers, and birds dance all over the ice.

We had a wonderful time at our first Disney on Ice show and our Frozen obsession lives on for another day. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena all weekend, Feb.10 – Feb. 15, 2016, with three shows on Saturday and Sunday, and two shows on Monday.  Tickets are still available, you can buy them here.

Post and photos by Kate Nally

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Monster Jam: An American Experience

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Sitting on the lower level of the Sleep Train Arena, we were close to the action and noise on the dirt-covered floor.  We took our two oldest kids with us and didn’t tell them where we were going until we got there.  The expressions on their faces were priceless when they realized that we were going to the Monster Jam truck rally.  We could hear the trucks well before we actually got into the arena.  Next time we will make sure to bring earplugs.

My family had never been to a truck rally before and had no idea what to expect.  For me, the show seemed to start off fairly slowly with races in much smaller vehicles.  The crowd roared when the actual monster trucks entered the competition.  Although the several different types of smaller vehicles were interesting and fun to watch, the monster trucks’ wheelee and freestyle segments with their slinging dirt and roaring exhaust were what we had all come to see.  My son and oldest daughter were riveted by the giant trucks flying through the air.
New Earth Authority’s Travis Groth left the ground accompanied by the gasp of the entire audience.  We were all instant monster truck fans when his truck crashed and landed upside-down.
My daughter was disappointed that Zombie won the donut competition when El Toro Loco obviously put on a better showing.  The crowd’s cheering for Kayla Blood was immediately followed by booing the judges.
Although she liked the roaring engines and flinging dirt of the donuts, her favorite part was the freestyle competition and Morgan Kane’s perfect score in Grave Digger.  The giant green and black truck flew back and forth over the dirt ramps and crushed cars all while deafening us with the roar of exhaust.  My Danish born wife said, “Now I feel very American.” with a huge grin on her face. We will definitely be doing this again.
Monster Jam will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this weekend only with one show tonight at 7:30 pm and two shows tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. For tickets, click here.
By Jed Christian
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Win Tickets: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

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It’s almost here. The most anticipated Disney on Ice presentation is finally coming to Sacramento. Frozen, the academy award-winning Disney tale that has captivated the world is now told live, and will soon be skating into Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena for six grand performances over five days. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, hosted by Mickey and Minnie, will feature favorite royal princesses Anna and Elsa, goofy snowman Olaf, Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and will have the audience singing and dancing to favorite tunes “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.” You’ll want to arrive early to learn the snowman dance at the Stonyfield YoKids and Disney Magic of Healthy Living Dance-Along Pre-show.

The folks at Feld Entertainment have graciously given us a family 4-pack of tickets for the opening night performance of this spectacular Disney on Ice presentation.

If you would like a chance to win, post the correct answer to the following trivia question in the comment section below : Which Hans Christian Anderson fairytale is Disney’s Frozen based on?

Post your answers by 3:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. One winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

What: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

When: Feb. 10-15, 2016

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Tickets: prices start at $25

 

Win Tickets: All New Monster Jam Competition Comes to Sacramento

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Each January for the past several years, Sleep Train Arena has rolled out the dirt and hosted America’s favorite monster truck show, Monster Jam featuring world-famous monster trucks such as Grave Digger, Blue Thunder and El Toro Loco. We’ve all been thrilled by the engines roaring, the trucks racing, the amazing jumps and the overall competition. If you and your kiddos have been thrilled as much as we have, then you are in for a treat as Monster Jam rolls back into town with even more of what we love.

Get ready for new tricks and more competition from your favorite teams. New this year, Monster Jam will add speedsters and ATVs to the mix, creating new and exciting entertainment for monster truck fans. And make sure you get your pit passes and arrive early for Party in the Pits where you will meet the drivers a see your favorite truck, up close and personal.

What: Monster Jam

When:  Jan. 29, Jan 30, and Jan. 31, 2016.

Where: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Admission: $10 for kids ages 2-12 (select seating), $20-$50 for adults, $15 Opening Night discount tickets (select seating), and $10 for Pit Passes. Buy tickets here.

Win Tickets: Would you like some tickets? We’ve got a family four-pack of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win. Answer this trivia question correctly in the comment section below by 5pm on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015: What Monster Jam truck/team consists of all female drivers?

A winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Good luck!

 

 

Disney on Ice’s Production of Dare to Dream Brings to Life your Favorite Disney Princesses, Past and Present

Dare to Dream 2Last night was opening night of Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream show celebrating 75 years of Disney Princess stories. This is our third show in the past couple of years and Disney on Ice always does a wonderful job at featuring a variety of your favorite Disney movies and characters. Last night’s performance showcasing a mix of classic and modern characters from Snow White and Cinderella to Rapunzel and Tiana, was no exception.

I love the look on my daughter’s face as her favorite characters, in amazing costumes, glide across the ice with the greatest of ease singing her favorite songs. The highlights of the night were watching Flynn Rider and Rapunzel fly into the air numerous times high above the ice! It was nothing short of amazing and a bit Cirque de Soleil-esque! The other was the Maximus character from Tangled! Two people in an awesome horse costume really captured the funny and animated character from the movie!

We love that every show is hosted and narrated by the classics, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck! We sang, we danced, and we tried our hardest to catch the attention of our favorite princesses, who all made an appearance at the end. The Disney on Ice series always has us leaving with giant smiles on our faces!

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream captivates audiences at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena through Sunday, Oct.25, 2015. Get your tickets here.

By Lindsey Adams

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