Circus performs vital role for Monto youth
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.
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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.