Orlando Performer Joins Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus XTREME as First-Ever Female Ringmaster

Kristen Michelle Wilson joins Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME as its first-ever female ringmaster

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME will feature its first-ever female ringmaster when it comes to the Amway Center January 12-16…and she’s from Orlando.

A professional singer with a background in theater, Kristen Michelle Wilson will make her debut with the hometown Orlando shows, then continue on the national tour, including Amalie Arena in Tampa from January 25-29. She will be the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME at Amway Center January 8-11, 2015 – With Discount Code!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey returns to Orlando with their newest show, CIRCUS XTREME,Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey returns to Orlando with their newest show, CIRCUS XTREME, for seven shows at the Amway Center from January 8 through 11, 2015.

In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster Andre McClain guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.

This newest show goes to the “X”-treme with X Game style stunts and eXotic animals, like camels, along with Xtra-ordinary circus artists and acrobats.

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with your ticket purchase. You and your family can meet the international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills – like juggling – from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created by one of the Ringling Bros. painting pachyderms.

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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends! at Amway Center in Orlando January 9-12, 2014

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey return to Orlando with a new show at the Amway Center January 9-12, 2014

Ringling Bros, Barnum & BaileyLegends! is the title for this new show that combines amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth.

Tickets are $16 to $75, and are available online or at the Amway Center box office.

Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 11:30am, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm.

For more information, visit ringling.com.

Ringling Bros. Put on Great Show at Orlando Stop of Built to Amaze! Tour


On opening night (January 10) of the Ringling Bros.and Barnum & Bailey circus touring show, Built to Amaze!, in Orlando, Florida, we were invited to join other local bloggers and writers in a suite at the Amway Center to watch the show.

We missed the opening pre-show entertainment waiting in line for our tickets at will call, but we made it in right before the main show got under way.

Now, I grew up in a town that was home to the Ringling Bros. circus and my first job was even with a circus, but this was the first time I’d seen one in over 10 years. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since our family blogger, Carol, had seen the show in Tampa and not really enjoyed it.

[Photo by Patti Frazer]
Well, whatever went wrong at that first show, it wasn’t the same show here in Orlando. The show I saw was fun, energetic, and entertaining. At least to myself, my guest, and those I talked to that night.

There were several acts that performed during the evening, and in between, there would be clowns or other things going on. There was always movement happening on the circus floor, and even in the air. Sometimes it was hard to decide where to look.

[Photo by Patti Frazer]
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Ringling Bros Fail to Amaze in Tampa Opening of Tour


[Editor’s note: This review is from the Tampa opening date – January 2, 2013 – of the entire tour, which was attended by our family blogger Carol, with her family. You can read a review of the Orlando show here.]

I grew up in Baraboo, WI, the original home to the Ringling Brothers Circus.  My family knew a couple of the siblings.  So when a show comes out with the Ringling name on it, my expectations are high.

We were blessed to be given tickets to the opening show of this current production, Built to Amaze!, over in Tampa, FL.  When the doors open for the show, there is a preshow on the arena floor that is interesting and fun usually, without it costing any additional money. This year, however, they decided to add a bounce house for $6 additional for 2 runs through it. It was big and looked like a ton of fun! And of course, I was persuaded by 2 little people to spend the money so they could go bounce off some energy before the show.  The kids liked it, but $12 on top of ticket prices is just ridiculously high priced for only 2 trips through the maze. Otherwise, the lines are long as more and more people make their way into the arena for the show. This really limits what you can do and we just gave up and headed for our seats.

I missed the first couple minutes of the show getting food, but it seemed as it was just a little segment for the people already in their seats, while still giving time for the rest of us to get back in to our seats.  The Ring Master is introduced with great hype and the show begins.

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