Big top thrills
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.
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.
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.