Recap of Shel Silverstein Week at AcroSports!

“I want people to walk away from this show realizing that performers of all ages can create something impressive  - you can still make something enjoyable even at a younger age.”

Izzy Abbot, age 13

Izzy Abbot practicing the finale act inspired by Shel Silverstein’s “Ickle Me Pickle Me Tickle Me Too.”

Izzy Abbot practicing the finale act inspired by Shel Silverstein’s “Ickle Me Pickle Me Tickle Me Too.”

CircusLabs’ “Where the Concrete End, Dreams Begin” brings to life Shel Silverstein poems through movement and circus arts. Our CircusLab students have been hard at work preparing for this show. It features a number of acts including innovative object manipulation, aerial silk, lyra and trapeze, and of course tumbling.

Our students practice 4-7 hours each week to prepare for their performances throughout the year. The show on June 1 will be the first time our troupe will be performing in a professional theater.

Eva Bradford, age 10, is performing in 7 acts and said, “I’ve been performing for five years and this will be my first time in a proper theater. I’m very excited to be on SOMArts stage.”

Bianca Tototzintle stretching before practicing her contortion and handbalancing routine set to “We are going to be Friends” by the White Stripes.

Bianca Tototzintle stretching before practicing her contortion and handbalancing routine set to “We are going to be Friends” by the White Stripes.

If you’ve never seen our CircusLab perform, get ready! The acts are over-the-top, sometimes literally, with an aerial act even flying over the audience! The CircusLab students shared what they are most excited for about for this show:


“I love performing, so everything. I love being on stage, I love making people laugh.” - Oona Haskovec, age 12.

“There’s so many things in this show that I’ve never seen before - the balancing globe, my cube object manipulation act, the flying birdcage. I think the audience will be impressed.” - Izzy Abbot, age 13.

“I’m performing in a juggling and trapeze act and I’m most excited to show off what we’ve worked so hard on.” - TK Munyon, age 13.

“We have an emoji act, which is really funny. This is my first year in CircusLab, but I’m planning on doing again next year. I want people to walk away loving the circus and loving our show!” - Emma Jasik, age 10.

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The Shel Silverstein theme was perfect inspiration for the troupe’s hula hoop act choreographed by Coach Erin. She’s excited to see CircusLab perform at SOMArts and said, “In the last two months, I’ve seen our students come to practice focused and ready to work. It’s so rewarding to see all their hard work pay off. It’s a great experience for CircusLab to train in a different space than where they will perform. It will help them in the future as they grow and potentially decide to perform as part of their career. The acts they are preparing are very physical. It will be great to see them transition to performing on a different stage. Everyone should come to the show!”