Magic and wonder, amusement and delight, the 143rd edition “Built to Amaze”- Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey’s newest show takes circus goers on a one-of-a-kind entertainment adventure to find out just what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. With blueprints, crates and hammers, elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists, Built to Amaze takes the audience on a visually astonishing journey that captivates their attention and inspires their imaginations.
New acts for “Built to Amaze” include the comedic husband-and-wife duo, Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia, with their remarkable trained animals, the high-jumping Trampoline Tower Tumblers from the Ukraine and the popular basketball stuntmen, King Charles Troupe from New York. Returning crowd favorites include the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, the always-hilarious Clown Alley and performances from the beautiful Bengal tigers and regal Asian elephants.
Rye Mullis, the youngest director in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey history, Mullis said he was excited to bring the show, which he created, to the Southern California audience. A big kid at heart and So Cal native himself, Mullis said was honored to help create something he loved from his childhood and he most looks forward to seeing family and friends at one of several Southern California shows.
“This is my fantasy,” Mullis said as he explained why he loves his job so much. Watching the amazement in children’s faces during the show makes him feel fulfilled as an entertainer and humbled all at the same time.
Be sure to catch the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Built to Amaze” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from through July 16, in the Inland Empire at the Citizens Business Bank Arena from July 19-23 and in Orange County at the Honda Center from July 26 through until Aug. 4. An hour before show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet the circus performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, which is free to all ticket holders.