The Midnight Circus.

My friend Katie recommended The Midnight Circus to us — during the summer, they set up their cute little tent in area parks and perform during the weekends. It’s hard to make myself do anything fun on the weekends because there are so many chores to be done, but she was so enthusiastic about it, and my friend Lisa was interested as well, so I went ahead and bought the tickets about a month ago. In the meantime, my teacher’s union has gone on strike in Chicago and it has been a fairly depressing period of time for me, and I almost cancelled, but didn’t want to let Lisa down…and boy, am I so glad that I didn’t. It was QUITE the show. Amazing what they can do under a fairly smallish tent with just a few props.

It was a fairly long show, I thought, given that it was primarily aimed at kids — about an hour-and -a-half with a 15-minute intermission. We were really concerned, because we had never taken the babies to anything like this before, and I had no idea how long they would sit on our laps.

I wouldn’t call Emme the biggest fan of the show. Her expressions ranged from this…

to this:

If I had to categorize her mood I would call it stoic endurance. But for the most part, she sat on our laps, watching.

Jack was another story. He LOVED it. He was transfixed. Never took his eyes off of the action and danced along in a lot of places. It was a huge hit for him.


(This shirt is a hand-me-down from one of my good friends and it never fails to bring a grin or two out when Jack wears it in public.)

Lisa’s kids are in 5th and 2nd grades (I think that’s right), very bright and savvy kids, and they seemed to really enjoy it as well — I think it’s probably rare to find something that spans the ages to this degree. And I have to say that I was staring in open-mouthed amazement at several points in the show.

Three-out-of-four thumbs up from our household!

Katie - September 17, 2012 - 8:59 pm

So glad you enjoyed it! It’s much bigger than it used to be, when we first took Danielle it was a 45 minute show with no tent!

Janie Hightower - September 17, 2012 - 10:35 pm

I can’t figure why Emme wouldn’t like it, but maybe it was too loud and busy for her. She may have spied The Count behind a curtain somewhere! Cute pictures!

Richard Ragsdale - September 18, 2012 - 7:44 pm

I was in the first Midnight Circus 600 years ago, when I didn’t creak when I moved…

LisaGW - September 19, 2012 - 9:29 am

So glad you didn’t cancel! We had a great time, too! P & T have independently requested another outing with you all. What’s next?

Justin - September 19, 2012 - 10:30 am


I thought there was a Defiant connection, but I couldn’t remember what it was!

Laura - September 20, 2012 - 3:43 am

Like! Emme, stoic endurance will do you well in the work world. Well done!

Lara Jo - September 23, 2012 - 5:37 pm

True, Ms. Cook! Stoic endurance got me through nine years at McDougal Littell…

Richard Ragsdale - September 20, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Julie Jenkins was a U of I girl. She and Jeff did choreography for Ubu Raw, and my first production of Dracula, among other things. The first Macbeth concept with a collaboration with the Midnight Circus, with acrobatic witches, but there were…differences of opinion, let us say, so it never came together.

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