Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus charges into town

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Nicole and Alana Feld, sisters and co-producers


The show is being produced by the third generation of the Feld family, and for the first time it is being co-produced by two sisters, Nicole and Alana Feld.  Feld Entertainment Inc. of Vienna, Va., is the largest producer of live family entertainment in the world. Other shows include Disney on Ice. According to Nicole, this year's "Fully Charged" theme relates to every family who is plugged in to their worlds through cell phones, the Internet and other devices. This electrifying edition is meant to help families come together, unplug from the world and "plug into the Greatest Show on Earth."


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Marsha Milgrom Dodge, Director


"It's really a 43-Ring Circus," according to the show's director Marsha Milgrom Dodge, as she points out the several rehearsal areas and talks about the 109 performers that will bring the show to life. The cast is made up of members from around the world. Rehearsals include a Russian, Portuguese, and Chinese translator so that everyone understands instructions. According to Dodge, the show is currently in rehearsal five days straight with one day off in between. Dodge, who began her career as a dancer, is an award-winning choreographer, having won an Emmy Award for an episode of Sesame Street.


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Dawna Oak has been in the entertainment business for 25 years. She says that there are over 1,000 costume pieces in the show. She also believes it is an honor to be working with with such a historical production. Her greatest challenge is to balance the costumes between traditional -- with sequins and lots of shine -- and more modern fabrics which are more functional.


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The event starts on Jan. 5, 2011 at the St Pete Times Forum. Ticket Prices: $15, $20 and $25. VIP packages and specialty seating are priced at $35, $55 and $85.

The 141st edition of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is in its winter quarters preparing for the big show From Junuary 5 - 9, 2011 at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa. The new edition, named "Fully Charged", is what promoters are calling "the most electrifying edition of Ringling Brothers ever."

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