Circus Flora raises the big top in Grand Center
While Circus Flora may occupy a temporary tent in a parking lot just off of Grand Blvd., it is decidedly not a passing fad. In its 25th year, it is a bedrock of the performing arts in St. Louis, even if it only surfaces for a month at the beginning of each summer.
Circus Flora has cultivated its feel through highly skilled performers, a family friendly atmosphere and a unique, controlled chaos. Instead of one act holding the limelight at any given time, several performances flood the stage at once. The story -- this year, "The Wizard: Merlin and the Legends of King Arthur" -- is told through the mixture of acts. It holds to its mission "to bring joy, delight and laughter to life through the magic of circus."
And animal lovers need not fret. The circus is named after Flora, an elephant rescued from poachers by founding Artistic Director/Producer Ivor David Balding, who would perform in the circus until her retirement in 2000. Keeping with the original theme of humane treatment of animals, the circus states that "the care of the animals comes first."
It will run through June 24.
Also coming up, Chrys Yvette debuts a show at the Regional Arts Commission, New Line theater performs the novel-turned-film-turned-musical "High Fidelity" and COCA holds a dance recital with Jon Lehrer.
Circus Flora: The Wizard
Where: Grand Center, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31; 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3 -- with similar scheduling through June 24.
How much: $10 - $44
The Dating Game
Where: Regional Arts Commission, 6218 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3
How much: $20
Where: Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Rd., Clayton
When: 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, May 31 - June 2
How much: $15-$20
The Real World with Jon Lehrer dance performance
Where: Coca, 524 Trinity Ave., University City
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2
How much: $8 general, $6 students