The Bingley Brothers Circus rolled into town Feb. 3, making a stop at Volney Elementary School to entertain dozens of kindergartners.
Students used their imaginations as the auditorium transformed into The Big Top, courtesy of a three-person acting crew from the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
“The Happy Circus” introduced the audience to different musical instruments and animals, all while teaching students to follow directions and work together as a group.
Under the direction of Gladys, “the world’s greatest animal trainer,” students portrayed circus elephants, ponies, tigers and seals.
The interactive performance even pulled children from the audience and put them in the spotlight as a marching band director, magician’s assistant, clowns and acrobats.
Although the program eventually ended, the performers said they are certain the students will walk away with a new appreciation for the arts.
“It is so important to get programs like this into the schools – to reach children at a young age,” said performer Courtney Cook. “The kids really get to use their imaginations. They have to listen and follow directions. It is a great program.”