Big top fun to hit town

Fam­ily ready to show­case many tal­ents

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CIR­CUS CIR­CUS: Chantel Ro­driguez per­forms with hula hoops at an Ashton En­ter­tain­ment per­for­mance.

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