Circus Vargas Review – Temecula – March 31, 2012
The smell of popcorn in the air, the laughter following a clown entertaining the crowd, the “ooooo’s” as trapeze artists soar through the air…there’s nothing like the circus! With all the family friendly appeal you remember, Circus Vargas is sweeping into Temecula, San Bernardino, Victorville, and Ontario thrilling kids & adults alike.
If you bring the kids, try and get there about 20 minutes early for the interactive pre-show entertainment. Jon Weiss and his wife bring all the kids into the ring to show them how to hula hoop like a pro, balance a feather on their heads, and have fun with scarves. They even bring their own kids into the act to show everyone how to twirl a Frisbee on a stick and work with a type of “off-string” yo yo. The performers worked with the kids and some of them got the hang of it! Others were just happy to dance around the ring, or pretend they were ringmasters.
Once the audience is back in their seats, the lights fade. From behind a red curtain, the ringmaster steps out and raises his traditional top hat. He begins to sing a broadway-esque welcome song as a dazzling array of entertainers come out, singing, dancing, juggling, and even swinging from hoops in the ceiling! The audience comes alive clapping and waving various light up swords. The song ends and upbeat music plays as a juggler makes his way onstage, slowly adding the number of juggling balls to his impressive act. The whole thing is up-tempo and exciting, so even the younger kids are enthralled during his performance.
The high-energy, up-beat show continues with the ultimate hula hooping cowgirl. She starts off with a few hula hoops, but soon proves her title by adding over 20 hula hoops and even flying through the air with them!
Ever seen a motorcycle “death cage” at a circus? Circus Vargas has the amazing “Garcia Family Riders”, who ride motorcycles around a small metal cage. At one point this husband and wife team circle the cage together, keeping us on the edge of our seats in this death defying stunt. Their 10 year old son gets into the act too, riding the cage in a smaller motorcycle with his father guiding him.
A circus cannot be called a circus without trapeze artists! Watching people fly through the air, sometimes directly above you, never loses its thrill. The audience would hold its breath as the performers flipped and floated, eventually somersaulting down onto the net. Another impressive addition is the world class aerialists, doing the “dance of the lovers” all in mid-air!
During the set and costume changes, Matti the clown comes out and amuses the crowd by taking volunteers from the audience and leading them through various tasks. Matti started a band, had a group of guys leaping around with bells strapped to them, and rocked out to Elvis. During this time a photographer circles the room taking pictures of you and your family which you can purchase for $10.
The grand finale is the fearless Leo Garcia being shot out of a cannon. The tension builds…the drums roll… and he shoots into the air, flying across the ring, landing with his arms raised in triumph. The ringmaster, Kevin Venardos, leads the ensemble in a final song, and the audience hums to themselves as they leave the tent. Directly outside Circus Vargas hosts a meet & greet, so everyone can ask questions and take pictures with their favorite performer. Talk to people like Yasmine, a trapeze artist who is just thrilled to be traveling with the circus, or even the producer (and former trapeze artist), Tatiana, whose family has been a part of the circus for 7 generations!
Come on down to a show near you! Tickets are $20-$60/ticket.
- March 29- April 9th,Circus Vargaswill be at in Temecula, at the Promenade
- April 12- April 16th, Circus Vargas will be in San Bernardino, off of I-10 at Waterman.
- April 19th- April 23rd, Circus Vargas will be in Victorville, at the Mall of Victor Valley.
- April 26th- May 7th, Circus Vargas will be in Ontario, at Ontario Mills Mall.