Big top fun to hit town
Family ready to showcase many talents
ROLL UP! Roll up! The circus is coming to town – without the lions and tigers and bears.
A sixth-generation Ashton circus performer, Tamara Rodriguez, will perform Circus Circus – a blend of traditional and modern circus – with her parents, sister and son this weekend.
“It’s a well-rounded show, with no animals,” Tamara said.
“We did have bareback, but animal liberationists made it difficult.”
Tamara’s first appearance under the Big Top was in a bareback performance with her father, mother and cousin.
“My son took over the routine when he was 15 months old; a routine that was over 100 years old.”
Now her son Remi does a perch act with his grandfather Brasil Rodriguez, while Tamara’s skill in juggling, developed from the age of 10, will be on display.
“People said: ‘Come over here, try this, try that.’ Whatever you take a knack to is developed,” she said.
At the age of 12, she juggled while standing on her father’s shoulders while he, in turn, stood on the back of a cantering horse – a feat also performed by her grandparents Doug and Phyllis Ashton and her great-great-greatgrandfather James Henry Ashton.
As a 16-year-old, Tamara eclipsed her ancestors by winning the speed juggling championships in Las Vegas.
She’s held onto the title Fastest Juggler in the World because “there were no girls at that level” then and still aren’t.
Ashton Entertainment will perform Circus Circus under the Big Top at Gayndah Showgrounds on Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 4pm and 7pm; Sunday, 11am.
To book, phone 0407 120 953 between 9am and 6pm daily.
CIRCUS CIRCUS: Chantel Rodriguez performs with hula hoops at an Ashton Entertainment performance.