On Saturday, February 6th our school took us to the Jumbo Circus. It took about an hour to reach the venue and we reached there 45 minutes early. Luckily, there were concession stands where we could by snacks and drinks. A lot of us thought the popcorn they gave was amazing. The show commenced at 4:00 pm.
Not many Boarders attended the outing, as the IB1s and a few grade 10, had gone on a trek. We were about 20 of us accompanied by Mr. Shane. We left CIS at 2:00 and reached at around 3:15. The show started off with acrobats performing tricks in the air. Then, they performed an act, which was in a completely different language (neither English nor Kannada). There was also a juggler who juggled different objects in different ways. For example, he juggled golf balls with his mouth. The next act was a woman who bounced a ball on a pole with different levels until it went into the basket at the top, with her feet. Motorcycle stunts were also performed in a hollow wooden sphere. Contortionists performed various tricks and stunts with sticks of fire. The tricks include, fire breathing and extinguishing the flame with their mouth. The same male contortionists performed tricks on poles.
My favorite part would definitely have to be the trapeze act at the end. It really ended the show with a bang. I was disappointed that there were no animals (particularly the elephants, because that's what they had promised), but it's fine because the performers put a lot of effort, which definitely paid off.
"I particularly enjoyed the part of the show which included fire" said Ubayy Syed. The show ended with the whole ring being covered in nets and all the performers showcasing trapeze acts. "Although the location wasn't ideal, the performances were very entertaining, especially the ending." said Yash K.
The show ended at 6:30 and the bus then took us to Koel's Pizzeria. The pizza served there was hot and fresh, and it was truly very authentic New York pizza. They also gave us fruit juice and chocolate chip cookies (who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?). "The pizza was the highlight of the trip!" said Divyansh Saraf.
All in all, this outing was a great experience, especially for me, because it was the first time I had ever attended a circus in India. The show overall was great, however I wouldn't recommend Jumbo Circus if you're looking for Cirque Du Soleil or Ringling Brothers type shows. Although, the show and the performers were immensely entertaining and it was definitely an experience to remember.
Rithwik Kalale - Grade 10A