FYI Vol. II, No. 9

 

Feld Entertainment Settling into Its New Headquarters

Feld Entertainment’s new corporate and operational headquarters is located in Ellenton, Fl, where it will now have adequate rehearsal space to annually prepare  new versions of the Greatest Show on Earth, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam ( a monster truck show),  as well as, starting next summer,  the shows that will star the characters of Marvel Comics.   In addition the complex’s extensive facilities have attracted inquiries from other shows about rehearsing  and being built there.

Since acquiring the rights from Marvel Comics earlier this year to produce live touring shows, Feld Entertainment has been doing extensive research behind closed doors.  However, Kenneth Feld is willing to reveal that “it will be the largest most complicated production that we have ever done.” To that end the company has hired Hollywood stunt teams to stage flying and stunt technology that until now has been limited to being done in the movies.  The show will also use a 3-D projection mapping to immerse arena-sized audiences in the Marvel Universe.

“I believe it will probably change the face of live family entertainment—touring entertainment—in the world,” Feld says.  “It will be that far advanced.”

 

Smirkus Continues to Grow

For the past twenty years Circus Smirkus has been running summer training camps in addition to their big top tours of New England.  These camps have been a continuing source of new talent for that tour, but it has also been a life-changing experience for those who attend in many ways other than just learning circus skills.  To continue this program and help it to grow Circus Smirkus has undertaken a major fund raising drive that was given enormous impetus by a $1 million challenge grant.  The vast majority of that matching money has been raised but the circus is still short just  $92,000, which it must raise by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve.  Anyone interested in helping should visit the Circus Smirkus website smirkus.org and there you will find a link to make a contribution.

 

More Growth in Florida

Another non-profit that is growing by leaps and bounds is the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary at 7101 Palmer Blvd in Sarasota, Fl.  A major expansion program will include primate condominiums, an aviary, an expanded petting zoo and large koi pond.  Founder Kay Rosaire has revealed that the $150,000 expansion was made possible by a  gift from Russ and Sharon Stephens of Siesta Key, Fl. , the Nelson Trust and individual donations.

Elephants will also be given a permanent home at the sanctuary with the planned construction of a new hurricane-hardened elephant house and enclosure.  Community support for an additional $50,000 is needed to complete this aspect of the expansion.

The Big Cat Habitat is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30.  Performances are given on the weekends during the winter months.  For more information go to www.BigCatHabitat.org

 

Circus Film Soon to be Available on Major Platforms

Angela Snow’s documentary World Circus which was previewed at the CFA convention in San Diego will soon be available for purchase across top Video On Demand (VOD) platforms early in 2014 and in DVD March 1 on the film’s website www.WorldCircusCultureMovie.com

The 63 minute film follows five top circus acts from around the world as they prepare to compete in the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.

 

Grandma Back Home

Grandma, in the person of Mark Gindick will be starred in the third annual Holiday Show in Brooklyn, with performances running between December 20 -29.  The show will be staged in the newly renovated Master Theatre in the Brighton Beach section of the borough.   Santa, in the person of clown Joe Barney will emcee the show and introduce a line-up of “top tier” talent, including a number of Russian performers.