It's Grad Night season, and that means lots of super fun circus shows for super excited teenaged audiences. We've been helping the grads celebrate at a number of events over the past few weeks -- from Grad night luau fire shows to stilt walkers and face painters to all-night circus parties. I really love performing for teens. Oftentimes our show is their first exposure to "grown-up" circus, and to having performers come and do their stuff up close, just for them.
Our favorite show this year happened last Friday night, where we provided 12 performers of all kinds for a huge all-night High School Graduation party on Treasure Island. The theme of the show was "Night Circus" based on the book by Erin Mortenson. When I learned about their theme I got very excited.. I've read that book several times (I tend to devour any books about Circus I can find) and loved the aesthetic and implied mystery of the theme.
We started off the night with our two stilt walkers and our Ringmaster, greeting the kids as they arrived on buses from their Graduation ceremony.
Throughout the night we provided strolling LED performers, keeping the dance floor bright and colorful, and also got the kids colorful with a henna artist and a high-end face painter, so the grads could become part of the circus.
The highlight of the evening was an aerialist duet, spinning and twirling from the ceiling of the tent while the kids looked upwards in awe.
We finished the night off with our glowing fire dancers, under the fireworks exploding in the sky from across the Bay (thanks, SF Giants, for the added boost to our show).
It was such a blast to see the guests' reactions to each new performer as the night unfolded. I hope we get to do this again next year!