What a week! I took the train down to the wilds of Sydney to see La Boheme at the Opera House. Returning late at night, I saw the lights on the big top and was reminded that my favourite circus is in town and I would soon have my annual circus hit.
A huge contrast of entertainment types – an opera and a circus. Not many children go to the opera but the circus is packed to the rafters with children of all ages. The circus has been around for far longer than opera and shows no sign of losing its permanent position as great entertainment for the whole family.
Big top lights at night
Stardust Circus is slick and professional. The show lasts for 2 hours and presents 20 acts. There is fun for children of all ages. Six magnificent lions open the show. To the delight of all, the lion tamer is dressed as a clown, but make no mistake, it is serious business –scary fun if you will. Dogs, monkeys, horses, horses with monkeys, pigs, goats, strong men, beautiful women flying overhead, making risking their lives look too easy. The music is well chosen to add to the excitement of the program. No circus is complete without the flying trapeze and Stardust doesn't disappoint.
The backbone of the circus are Janice and Linsey Lennon. Janice has 7 children and 22 grandchildren, most are working members of the troupe. Each generation, from an early age, starts training under the guidance of 'the family'. In some cases, mother and daughter are in the same act together. Husband and wife, father and sons and sisters. I was sitting next to a set of tiny triplets, part of the family, what will they be doing in a few years?
There is hope for some who want to run away and join the circus. Ringmaster, Adam St. James knew at the tender age of 11 what he wanted, applied and got the job. To be part of the circus family, you have to be multi-skilled. Pitching a tent and pulling it down, travelling for 10 months of the year, be able to not only fix a truck but drive it, feed and love animals and enjoy entertaining the public. The rewards are many. The circus people are a family and hard work is their motto.
Stardust Circus is at the Gosford Leagues Club Field this year until 22nd January. Monday is their day of rest. The rest of the week there is a performance at various times to suit the family. Go to Prices & Info- Stardust Circus or ring 0418247287, to book and pay online.