Big Apple Circus to Fold its Tent Due to Lack of Funding
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Although the money is not enough to go forward with rehearsals and ticket marketing, the organization will use its existing funds to keep the Big Apple spirit alive with community programs: Clown Care features red-nosed characters visiting 16 pediatric hospitals nationwide, and Vaudeville Visits has performers connect with seniors in residential care. Big Apple Circus will also continue to offer Circus To Go, in which clowns, acrobats, and trapeze performers perform for private parties and charity events.
The circus, which uses ponies and dogs instead of tigers and elephants, has brought joy to all kinds of New Yorkers for years. With special performances for blind and deaf children, as well as kids with autism, the organization has always gone the extra mile to spread joy.
“We will continue operating Clown Care and other community programs and hope to be able to return to performing under out Big Top in a later season,” Weiss said, according to Playbill.