Cir­cus per­forms vi­tal role for Monto youth

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

THE Monto Cir­cus has per­formed for a crowd of about 20 peo­ple at the shire hall.

Per­for­mances in­cluded cir­cus mash-up, uni­cy­cle and glow staff, while a high­light was whipcrack­ing in­spired by The Man from Snowy River.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings three years ago with four peo­ple, mem­ber­ship has grown to 50 peo­ple at times. The cir­cus is the brain­child of co-or­di­na­tor and head in­struc­tor Ty­ronne O’Reilly, who sees it as a pos­i­tive out­let for young peo­ple in the district.

“It all started when I moved back to Monto and was look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent to do and a mate in a cir­cus needed a fire spin­ner. I had been fire spin­ning for about 20 years and thought start­ing a cir­cus my­self would be a great way to give kids some­thing to do.”

Monto’s St Therese’s Year 7 stu­dent Kylah Baldwin has been in the cir­cus for six months and en­joys ev­ery moment. She will be go­ing to board­ing school in Rockhampton next year and is keen to join a cir­cus there.

“In the Monto Cir­cus, I per­formed with glow­sticks and jug­gling. Although I am go­ing to board­ing school next year, I would love to catch up with the cir­cus mem­bers when I come back for hol­i­days,” she said.

Fund­ing from the Re­gional Arts Devel­op­ment Fund makes the cir­cus pos­si­ble.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone 4166 1408.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

CIR­CUS TROUPE: Monto Cir­cus mem­bers Tash O'Sul­li­van, Quinn Nan­car­row, Gus Wil­liams, Kyle O'Neil, Dustin Heaslip, Tyson Cur­tis, Kylah Baldwin, Cassie John­ston, Ty O'Neil, Ben Shultz, Sam Ab­der­halden, Phillip Heaslip and Lyn­don Cas­sel.

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