Impromptu circus shows training
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.