Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages… step right up to for a first rate glance at the jugglers, clowns, trapeze artists and original ring leader of them all… Mr. P.T. Barnum!  Two of my favorite arts groups are again joining forces to bring the magic of circus back to life.   This time, however, they are taking it from inside the theater to the great outdoors.  The results are sure to be magical!

The Ritz Theatre, in association with Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, PNC Arts Alive and Art Reach present the all American musical BARNUM, at Wiggins Park, Waterfront Stage, Camden, NJ, on  June 21, 22, 23, 2012, at 8:00 PM.  Admission is free!  

Written by Mark Bramble, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, Ritz Theatre Company gives a fresh, exciting new look to this classic American Musical. Based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum, this spectacle takes you to a world like you’ve never seen before! Here lies a rare gem that offers everything from traditional musical theatre to the tantalizing stir of excitement that one can only find waiting underneath the big top!  “Barnum” proudly features the aerial talents of PSCA performer and instructor Jackie Zalewski.

The Saturday, June 23rd performance of Barnum, with the partnership of Art Reach, will offer costumed ASL actors, open captioning, audio description, and a sensory workshop involving props and costumes that will be conducted at 7 PM in front of the stage prior to the performance. These elements make it possible for audience members to fully participate and enjoy this experience together.

Barnum orginally started out as a regular, one-time season show for the Ritz’s 2011-2012 season.  Ritz recruited PSCA to co-promote the show, provide an aerial artist and train the staff in circus arts.  The Barnum cast travel to PSCA’s studio where professional circus arts schooled them in aerials, globe walking and juggling.  The whimsical show that resulted from this unique collaboration was a big success!  With support from funders, The Ritz Theatre decided to mount a larger, outdoor performance to reach a greater audience along the Camden Waterfront.  PSCA again joined on for another whimsical adventure.

For ticket information, direction and additional details, please visit  See you at the show!

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