It takes a small army of dedicated volunteer moms, former CirKids and make up artist students from the Blanche MacDonald School to prep the kids and get them into character.
The morning starts with an airbrush machine,
then lots of braiding/backcombing/pinning and hairspray, then to detailed makeup, finally ending with this:
The unicorn is my D, the lion is one of her circus BFFs. They did a fun acrobatic act representing the unicorn and lion's duel for the crown.
The show was even better than last year's and the Alice theme brought in hundreds of audience members (30 members of the Vancouver Lolita cosplay group came in elaborate costumes!) that might not otherwise have been exposed to this amazing youth circus. I think 5 out of 8 shows were oversold, which is amazing since 400 seats was considered a sell-out.
Here are just a few photos so you can get a sense of it.
Alice first goes through the looking glass
A whirlwind of Alice imposters dance inside the looking glass
The Red Queen on her trapeze
The card queens enjoy a cuppa on the double trapeze before getting down to business
Alice and the Mad Hatter enjoy a flower poi act
A backstage silhouette of the tissu (aerial silks) performance
Super cool tightwire trick!
A stack of Blind Mice
Stacking cards handstand act final style (D in lower right)
The amazing cast of Circus in Wonderland!
There you go! It was really a pleasure to spend so much time around positive, supportive, motivated and hard-working kids. They are total slobs, but hey, you can't have it all.
I completely missed out on participating in SewMamaSew's giveaway day and I feel rather disconnected from blogland, but I'll try my best to get back in the swing. I'm eager to get sewing for myself again. Hope you are all well and working on fun projects!
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