Big top thrills

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - ■ Court­ney Fowler

Kar­ratha res­i­dents have been treated to 12 death-de­fy­ing per­for­mances by the Great Loritz Cir­cus this month.

Since the open­ing per­for­mance, hun­dreds of lo­cals took the op­por­tu­nity to catch world renowned Ukrainian tram­po­lin­ers, the Brazil­ian dare­devil mo­tor­bike riders and the We­ber sis­ters’ daz­zling aer­o­bat­ics show.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager and fly­ing trapeze artist Ge­orgie Fog­a­rty said re­turn­ing to Kar­ratha was spe­cial be­cause it marked a year since one of their per­form­ers, Allen, died in the town on their last tour.

“It’s very spe­cial for us be­cause we can visit his me­mo­rial,” she said.

“We are a very close-knit com­mu­nity, like a trav­el­ling fam­ily that goes from town to town.

“Allen’s whole life was cir­cus, he would have loved us com­ing back to Kar­ratha.”

Fog­a­rty thanked the Kar­ratha com­mu­nity for their warm re­cep­tion.

“We like to get to know the towns we’re go­ing into … it’s a nice feel­ing when peo­ple recog­nise us in town and tell us how fan­tas­tic the show is,” she said.

“The au­di­ence re­cep­tion dur­ing the show has been fan­tas­tic too, there is noth­ing like go­ing per­form­ing to one of those re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic crowds; it gives me goose­bumps just think­ing about it.

“You can hear the peo­ple and you can feel their energy. It’s the big­gest adrenalin rush. “

For 13-year-old per­former Tahlia We­ber, the trip to Kar­ratha marked her first ex­pe­ri­ence at high school.

“I am a sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion per­former, I spend 11 months of the year trav­el­ling in a car­a­van with my cir­cus fam­ily and do school­ing on site,” she said.

“We don’t re­ally meet other kids that much nor­mally but we have be­cause I’ve been go­ing to the lo­cal high school.

“I was re­ally ner­vous at first but now I have lots of friends.”

The Great Loritz Cir­cus will con­tinue its tour south to Carnar­von.

For more in­for­ma­tion on show times and ticket sales, visit loritz­cir­cus.com.

Pic­tures: Court­ney Fowler

Jyahti, 7, Destyn, 9 and Kuedan Kingi, 6.

The clown and his pony proved pop­u­lar with au­di­ences.

Thomas, 9, Ella, 6, Claire and Paul Ker­shaw.

Bai­leyPeter,Jess,6,Uyen,11,andLoanGrant.Joelle,Ge­or­gia,4,andPaul.

Kar­ratha lo­cals en­joyed the en­ter­tain­ment.

The We­ber sis­ters’ aerial act.

The skip­ping troupe.

Vivien von Son.

Tahlia We­ber, 13.

The jug­gler broke a record.

Naomi Ben­nett and Brad Adam­son.

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