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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus makes annual stop in Salt Lake City

Published September 25, 2013 3:19 pm

Step right up • Trained ferrets, trampoline tumblers, basketball on unicycles and more.
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Ladies and gentleman, the circus is coming back to town.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is making its annual visit to Salt Lake City from Sept. 26-30, bringing with it 110 performers from 17 countries along with 95 animals in a performance billed as "Built to Amaze."

Among the acts featured in this year's edition are:

• Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal-presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia introduce their uniquely designed brand of magic and humor with their trained poodles, ferrets, rabbits, snakes and more.

• The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of 10 competitive aerial athletes from Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, rappel and pass through a three-story-high translucent tower.

• The King Charles Troupe presents a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring 10 whirling unicyclists.

As you might expect, the show also features high-wire acrobats, daredevils, a human cannonball, clowns, elephants, Bengal tigers and more.

And one hour before showtime, ticket holders can meet performers and animals on the floor of the arena.

There are evening performances Thursday-Monday, with matinees Friday-Sunday. —

Circus in town

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

When • Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 27, 3 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25-$90, with $12 opening-night tickets. Available at the ESA box office and all SmithTix locations; by calling 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX; or online at smithstix.com or energysolutionsarena.com.