Moolah Shrine Circus coming to Family Arena
By: Amy Armour
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
The Moolah Shrine Circus is coming to town this weekend from March 21 through March 24 at the St. Charles Family Arena. The family-oriented circus will feature many returning acts including tigers, elephants, trapeze artists and high wire performers.
“(The circus will also include) the hilarious Moolah Shrine clowns, a highly popular dog act, quick change artists, and ladies on the high wire,” said Mark Rethemeyer, circus director.
Two new acts will join the circus this year. Bears will entertain the crowd by riding bicycles and motorcycles. And motorcycle riders will travel up the Family Arena — on a wire.
“They start on the floor and drive up a wire to the ceiling,” said Rethemeyer.
Children will be entertained not only during the circus performance. “Before the show, during intermission, and after the show there will be face painting, elephant rides, pony rides, train rides, bounce house, and special photos,” Rethemeyer said.
The 1 p.m. Sunday performance will include two special events. All Scouts are invited to attend and watch the show from special seating.
“And all scouts in uniform will be invited to the floor to participate in the National Anthem,” said Rethemeyer.
The 1 p.m. performance is also a hearing-impaired performance.
“In section 206, there will be sign language interpreters,” Rethemeyer said.
Students on spring break can take advantage of special pricing for the 10:30 a.m. Friday performance. All tickets are reserved seats and all are just $6 each for this one performance.
The circus will perform at 7 p.m. on Thurs., March 21; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Fri., March 22; 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 on Sat., March 22; and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sun., March 23. Tickets are $15 to $38 and can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office.
“Scout Performance Special Seats” can be purchased by calling the MoolahShrineCenter at 314-878-6301.
“Proceeds are for the benefit of Moolah Shrine and are not deductible as a taxable donation,” said Rethemeyer.