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If you think you've heard the high-pitched sounds of a calliope lately or smelled cotton candy, it's not your imagination.
The circus really has come to town - to Middletown's Crosby Middle School - where 6th, 7th, and 8th graders suddenly transformed into seasoned circus stars.
That circus is Tallahassee-Fla.-based CIRCUS OF THE KIDS, which arrived at Crosby last Monday for the seventeenth consecutive year.
The only program of its kind in the world, CIRCUS OF THE KIDS takes regular youngsters and turns them into accomplished circus performers.
It's done through a special blend of circus arts instruction, motor skill training and esteem-building, all taught within a low-stress, fun-filled environment.
The two-tier program stresses the importance of involving all youngsters in the circus experience.
Then, 95 students were selected for the extra-curricular performance segment where youngsters undergo rigorous after-school practice sessions capped by five performances on March 8th-11th.
All shows feature juggling and trick bicycling routines, with a stunning act performed atop a 15-foot high trapeze.
Public presentations are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday - Saturday, March 8-10 with a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th in the Crosby gymnasium located at 303 Gatehouse Lane in Louisville.
But prior to their public debut, the cast will first test the waters by treating their fellow classmates and students from four feeder schools to a preview of the big show at morning assemblies on Thursday and Friday.
Pfeffer, 53, founded CIRCUS 30 years ago after studying at Florida State University's renowned Flying High Circus.
Since then, he has taken his unique learning experience to numerous schools, resorts and summer camps, where it has touched the lives of over 521,000 youngsters.
Prices are $16 for adults in high school or older and $9 for students ages four and older. Children aged three and under are free.