Circus Imagination (formerly the Traveling Backyard Circus) first appeared on the West Coast in the summer of 1986, touring extensively from Arizona to Washington, Utah to Hawaii. The circus is back this season under the new name, Circus Imagination.
The concept of expanding the imagination of children through learning and playing experience is so invaluable in the formative years while children are learning creative play.
Circus Imagination involves 20 to 25 children per show who actively dress up and join the circus. We maintain that the children who join Circus Imagination are the stars, not just props.
Circus Imagination does not end when the show is over. Parents are delighted to find that their children bring home the inspiration to put on their own circus in their own backyard. Old-fashioned fun rekindles educational play in the minds of children.
Circus Imagination requires no skill or talent and the experience leaves children with a strong sense of imagination, resourcefulness and creativity. Up to 25 children may participate.
Circus Imagination Program
Act I - Tina The Tightrope Walker
Act II - The Strongman
Act III - Clarence The Clown
Act IV - The Lion Tamer & Wild Animals
Act V - Believe It Or Not
Act VI - The Butterfly Ballet
Act VII - Champagne Sisters
Act VIII - Dead Eye McBang & Calamity Oakley
Act IX - The Circus Imagination
Act X - Zazelle, The Human Cannonball
Fifteen minutes before each show, the Ringmaster does a walk around to promote the circus and invites children to come and watch or join the circus. The children in the circus dress up in colorful costumes that drop right over their clothes.
The level of participation in the acts ranges from one to six children. There are no rehearsals necessary as the Ringmaster is with them at all times, explaining the act to the audience as the children perform.
From Tina the Tightrope Walker, who climbs a make-believe ladder 100 feet in the air, to Zazelle the Human Cannon, the audience is captured in spellbound amazement.
"The (Circus Imagination) is one of the most original and creative operations to emerge in the industry since the early beginnings of the business.
"No resource person or any assembly has been as outstanding as the Hegwers and Circus Imagination. Several of our students are now selling tickets for their own backyard circuses. In education, success is often measured by emulation."
Elizabeth J. Meacham
Superintendent / Principal
Clear Creek School
Grass Valley, California
"Excellent opportunity for the children to be creative, perform before peers, feel successful. The overall program was outstanding and we are looking forward to working with you again."
John M. Tobey, Dean
Arthur Booth Elementary School
Elmira, New York