Im­promptu cir­cus shows train­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

CIR­CUS: Since mov­ing into the old Cen­tral North Bur­nett Times build­ing in Monto, Ty­rone O’Reilly’s cir­cus has gone from strength to strength.

The per­former has been do­ing chil­dren’s lessons ev­ery Wed­nes­day while also getting ready for a num­ber of big events com­ing into the show sea­son.

On Satur­day, he threw a sur­prise pop-up cir­cus out­side the build­ing on New­ton Street to en­ter­tain passers-by.

O’Reilly said he felt like do­ing it to get in some prac­tice while putting on a treat for vis­i­tors to the town.

“I was just giv­ing it a test-drive, it’s a bit of ex­tra prac­tice for me as well,” he said.

“If we start getting some vis­i­tors in town, they can stop in with their kids.”

It was a quiet start, but af­ter 10am a small crowd had built up to en­joy the cir­cus.

“Most peo­ple don’t come in un­til around 10-10.30 or around lunchtime,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly was joined for the morn­ing by two young helpers, Ben and Josh Zum­bansen, who have been tak­ing cir­cus lessons most Wed­nes­days for the last five weeks.

The boys’ dad, Dar­ren Zum­bansen said they were ea­ger learn­ers.

“They’re keen as, they love it,” he said.

There are two teach­ing groups, se­nior and ju­nior kids.

The train­ing area lets kids prac­tice flips, twists and tricks safely.

Be­fore start­ing up at the Cen­tral North Bur­nett Times build­ing early in the year, O’Reilly did most of his per­form­ing prac­tice at the Monto Land­care hall.

While Land­care has more over­all space, the lay­out of the CNB Times build­ing has proved more suit­able, O’Reilly said.

“It’s a lit­tle bit smaller, but the way I’ve been able to set it up means we’re not cross­ing lines,” he said.

“Now I’ve got my own place, I’ve been mostly teach­ing, but I can just rock in any time I want.”

O’Reilly is set to per­form at the Gayndah Show this week­end and the Monto Show two weeks later.

TRICKS: Ty­rone with Josh and Ben Zum­bansen go­ing through their cir­cus paces.

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