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ABC 7's Alix Redmonde is Circus Sarasota's Ringmaster for the day!

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I always wondered what it would be like to run away and join the circus.

Like many children, I stared at the acrobats, eyes open in wonder as they defied gravity.  The clowns made me both happy and a little frightened, and the Ringmaster commanded my undivided attention as he enticingly described the acts to follow.

Little did I know Circus Sarasota would offer me the opportunity to be Ringmaster, blow the whistle and open the show under the big top.

Chuckle the clown guided me backstage where I donned a high hat and the whistle. My name was announced and I entered center stage.


The lights so bright I could barely see the audience.  Then I started to focus and saw hundreds of families and kids, and they all had that expression of wonder on their faces.

At first I was nervous, would I stand up to other guest Ringmasters or would I fall flat on my face?  But, after a second I realized this was an opportunity to have kids of all ages remember that feeling of excitement and wonder.

"How many of you want to join the circus?" I asked as I pointed the microphone in the direction of the crowd.

"I do!" shouted the audience. 

From that moment, I knew that Circus Sarasota Ringmaster could now be crossed off my bucket list as a success.  But, I would welcome the opportunity again, anytime should there be one.


Find out more about Circus Sarasota and The Circus Arts Conservatory at MySuncoast Circus or the official Circus Arts Conservatory website.