Loritz Circus Royal Kenyan acrobats (back from left) Elviis Mumbo, Eric Ondiege, Geoffrey Odindo, Peter Ndungu, Victor Ordindo and Elvis Orindo; (front): Josephine Odhiambo and Pelargiah Ndirangu.
Loritz Circus Royal Kenyan acrobats (back from left) Elviis Mumbo, Eric Ondiege, Geoffrey Odindo, Peter Ndungu, Victor Ordindo and Elvis Orindo; (front): Josephine Odhiambo and Pelargiah Ndirangu. Jacklyn Wagner

World is a stage for trouper

IF you have ever dreamt of running away and joining the circus now is your opportunity.

Life in the circus is interesting and filled with travel, meeting new people and making new friends, according to the stars of the Loritz Circus, which is currently performing its Out of Africa show in Casino.

The shows feature nine-year-old hula hoop performer Americus Wilson-Weber, and the Royal Kenyan Acrobats.

Miss Wilson-Weber was born into circus life.

Her grandmother performed with the Ashton’s Circus and her mother Joanna Weber performed as a contortionist and on the flying trapeze.

She appeared on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 which show-cased talented kids from around the world. She was also a fin- alist on TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent.

Miss Wilson-Weber is schooled by distance education while on the road.

“Americus gets a lot of extra education through travelling,” her mother said.

In the early stages of Out of Africa, Miss Wilson-Weber, who plays The Lost Girl, is kidnapped.

A mission to find and rescue her is launched, but to say anything more would be to give away the show.

At one point she twirls almost half her own body weight in hula hoops.

“I love life in the circus. I get to travel around and see a lot of different places,” Miss Wilson-Weber said.

The Royal Kenyan Acrobats perform rope and skipping tricks, on trampolines, fire-hoop diving and form pyramids.

All childhood friends from Nairobi, Kenya, and ranging in ages from 22 to 28, the group includes two women and six men, including three brothers.

“Our family miss us but they are happy that we are happy and that we have the opportunity to travel,” Geoffrey Odindo, one of the three brothers, said.

Describing her work as a “paid working holiday”, Mrs Weber said: “It’s a very exciting life, but it’s a lot of hard work as well.”

The Loritz Circus will be at the Casino showgrounds until Sunday.


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