Geared toward adult audiences, A Celtic Night at the Circus: Tir Na Nog is a brand new show based loosely on Arthur Schnitzer’s La Ronde and directed by Cecil MacKinnon. It is opulent, extravagant, astounding and deliciously entertaining.
Jugglers and aerialists and contortionists and unicyclists and, of course, clowns kept the audience spellbound as performers hung from chains, pushed themselves through impossibly small spaces, balanced objects on the end of their noses, flew above us right out over the tables, rode unicycles to the brink of disaster and juggled an incredible array of objects from rubber chickens to a huge stack of glittery boxes.
All the performers in this show are seasoned professionals including St. Louis native Kellin Quinn who, at sixteen, is already an award winning juggler, and ten year old Vincent Bertini, who navigates impossible spaces on a very tall unicycle.
Circus Flora co-founder and master aerialist Alexandre Sache Pavlata performed with his wife and aerial partner Melinda, demonstrating his incredible strength and agility high above the big top. Melinda Heywood Pavlata is a talented aerialist in her own right as well as a juggler, belly dancer, and choreographer.
Adam Kuchler is absolutely amazing, combining his juggling skills with the body language and facial expressions of half a dozen famous comedians. He does a routine with colorful boxes that’s incredible.
Award winning aerialist Shayna Swanson introduced her aerial chain act and honestly this young woman exhibits not only amazing strength but grace and ease of motion on real large linked steel chains. She treats them as if they were the softest of ropes.
Claire Wedemeyer is a clown with a big heart and some finely honed juggling skills. She is also a seasoned performer and is involved in Circus Flora’s Clown on Call outreach program which shares the magic of circus clowning with area children’s hospitals.
Cecil MacKinnon is Yo-Yo the Narrator. She is our guide through the wonders of Tir Na Nog. A gifted performer herself, Cecil also directed the show and has brought joy and circuses to many parts of the world.
And finally, the wonderful Valla-Bertini family. Vlastek and Kim Sue along with ten year old son Vincent and two year old daughter Violet, thrill and amaze on the unicycles, and the trampoline.
What a night!