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Big Apple Circus starts its run in Lake George

Workers gather equipment July 12 to erect the sides of the Big Apple Circus tent in the Charles Wood Park. The tent weights several thousand pounds and measures 63 feet tall. The circus, featuring world-class acts -- and air conditioning -- begins its two-week engagement in Lake George Saturday July 14 with two performances.

Workers gather equipment July 12 to erect the sides of the Big Apple Circus tent in the Charles Wood Park. The tent weights several thousand pounds and measures 63 feet tall. The circus, featuring world-class acts -- and air conditioning -- begins its two-week engagement in Lake George Saturday July 14 with two performances. Photo by Thom Randall.

— This weekend, the critically acclaimed Big Apple Circus, featuring world-class aerialists and acrobats — is launching its two-week debut engagement in Lake George.

Situated in the Charles Wood Park — the former Gaslight Village property, the circus is conducted under a traditional big top — complete with air conditioning —± with no seat farther than 50 feet from the performances.

The first performances are to be held Saturday July 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with 23 more shows through Sunday July 29.

Area officials said they are pleased that such a prominent national attraction decided to choose Lake George as one of its sites for 2012.

The award-winning intimate circus, based in New York City, has been located for similar stints in such high-profile places as Boston, the Washington D.C. area, as well as Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

The circus has earned rave reviews for its creativity and artistic spectacle. It features trained animals of unusual species, a troupe of acrobats from the Orient, jugglers from Russia, renowned trapeze artists, operatic singing, a live band and seasoned clowns.

Local officials have said Big Apple’s engagement in Lake George would help attract draw other prominent shows and events to Lake George, enhancing its reputation as a family destination.

Circus representatives in turn said this week they were very happy with the cooperation with the local leaders.

“Lake George Mayor Robert Blais and Chamber director Michael Consuelo have been incredibly supportive and generous,” circus spokesman Joel Dein said Tuesday July 10. “We feel at home, and we haven’t even started our engagement yet.”

Dein predicted this year’s experience would be repeated — as the circus was likely to return.

“Hopefully we’re establishing a routine for years to come,” he said, noting that 20 tractor-0trailers and mobile homes had arrived on site and circus officials were at work on preliminary set up.

The circus will be offering two shows Wednesday through Sunday, both weeks. Details are available at: www.bigapplecircus.org.

Tickets for the “Dream Big” shows start at $10 and are available by calling (888) 541-3750 or at www.bigapplecircus.org. The circus box office, located in front of the Big Top at Charles Wood Park, will open Friday, July 13. Hours of the box office are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, with two additional evening hours Wednesday through Saturday. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating, call (800) 922-3772.

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