Starr Brothers Circus Makes Rim Country Stop


Jessica Burkett, 12, observed Take Our Daughters to Work Day by joining her father, Roundup reporter Mike Burkett, at the Roundup. Jessica interviewed representatives from the Starr Brothers Circus and wrote the following story.

The Starr Brothers Circus is coming to Payson this weekend.

There will be many different types of acts, such as animal acts, trapeze artists, juggling acts, acrobats, balancing acts, and clowns. Some of the animals that you might see are camels, llamas, horses of all sizes, baby tigers, snakes, and an elephant named "Boo."

According to Judy Kaye, the agent and marketing director for Starr Brother, about 50 people usually tour with the circus, not including staff. Usually, if a child is brought up in the circus, he/she will probably go back to living in a circus after college or other schooling.

Running away with the circus can be educational. The average person won't get to see the whole world before they die, but since the circus travels all over the place, their employees get to go everywhere, and tour most of the world. Most performers in the circus come from a two or more generations of circus families.

The Starr Brothers big-top tent circus has been operating for about 20 years now. The staff and performers try to keep it like an old fashioned circus, Kaye said, "but also with some modern acts".

As Kaye will tell you, " The best thing about the circus? Well, it's exciting, entertaining, and it carries lots of animals. A circus is not a circus without the performing animals."

One more note to all of the children going to the circus: There is going to be lots of cotton candy.

You can purchase tickets at the gate of the Starr Brother's Circus, which will take place at the Payson Event Center. Performances are at 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, and at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28.

For admission prices or other information, call Kaye at (940) 665-1133.

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