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20140214 Kelly-Miller-Circus Finale-at-NightPENITAS – The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to town and setting up their tents at the corner of Expressway 83 and Liberty Blvd., across from Walmart, on Feb. 24 and 25. Sponsored by the Peñitas White Wing Festival, the Big Top will house two performances each day at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Kelly Miller Circus is the complete package. From Ringmaster John Moss who keeps the show moving, to the musicians who add the musical punch line at the right moment, they have everything between.

The performers not only bring a wide variety of skills and acts to the circus ring, they offer a panorama of multinational backgrounds.

Firdman Torales grew up with parents’ circus in Peru and is constantly expanding his balancing act repertoire to defy gravity and the odds.

The Rosales Family hails from Veracruz and Sonora, Mexico and add another dimension to the balancing acts with parents, Jorgé and Carmen, and their twins, Jonathon and Jonary. Girard Portugal, son of Jorg­é and Carmen, is not quite so grounded as the rest of his family. He performs his act on the trapeze.

Rebecca Ostroff, featured trapeze artist, can be seen in the movie, “Water for Elephants,” began as a dancer and follows the multi-talented tradition of most circus performers wearing more than one hat over the courses of her career in the true spirit of “the show must go on.”

The North Starlets, a group of accomplished dancers and aerialists, take their act 40 feet off the ground in a dazzling, synchronized ballet.

No circus is complete without a big cat tamer and animal trainers. Ryan Holder fills the bill with the large cats—tigers—and Armando Loyal works his magic with the giants of the show, the elephants. Mike and Carolyn Rice work with all the animals between: zebras, lamas, goats, dogs and more.

Holder has spent his time around elephants his entire life, but found his passion—and respect—for

the big cats when he began with the Kelly Miller Circus.

Loyal is a ninth-generation circus performer. He’s now training the tenth generation—his children. His family’s circus roots date back to the late 1700s in Italy and France. Although his family started with equestrian acts, his love has always been the giants of the jungle.

They are all joined by The Fusco Family dancers; Raul Olivares, juggler; Laumont, fire eater and fire dancer; Steve Copeland and Ryan Combs, clowns; and others.

Pre-sale general admission is $12. General admission on the circus days are $16. Purchase advance tickets at Peñitas City Hall, 581-3345; Ace’s Audio Alarm & Tint, 585-5504; World Finance Corporation, 585-9475; and Alejandro’s Restaurant, 580-8155.

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