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Circus Vargas Celebrates 50th Anniversary With “The Greatest Of Ease”

On Thursday, January 17, Circus Vargas opened up their 90,000 square foot big top to the Burbank community with this year’s production, The Greatest of Ease.

Following last year’s pirate theme, the 2019 production is an ode to the history and tradition of the golden era of the circus in honor of their fiftieth anniversary.  A painting of a red and white tent strung with amber lights sets the backdrop for the show that pays homage to the late 1800s circus days.

According to the Circus Vargas website, “In 1969, Clifford E. Vargas fulfilled his childhood dream when he raised the canvas of what was to become ‘Americas favorite Big Top Circus!’ He was adamant that a circus wasn’t a circus if  it wasn’t under the big top and  wanted to make sure that every generation would have the opportunity to experience its magic first hand.”

Now, 50 years later, Vargas’ dream lives on right here in the city of Burbank.

In their theater-style tent that fits up to 1,500 people, guests will watch in astonishment as trapeze artists fly through the air, a tight rope walker dances along a thin wire, an acrobat bends backward and shoots a bow and arrow with her feet, and three dirt bikes race in a steel ball at harrowing speeds. The sights and sounds you’ll find under the Circus Vargas big top are sure to amaze you.

As one guest exited the tent after the two-hour production finished recently, she was overheard to exclaim, “I have never seen anything like this before in my life!”

Circus Vargas is a show for all ages that provides jaw-dropping feats that make you gasp out loud from beginning to end.

At Circus Vargas, you will find light up souvenirs and concessions as well as face painting for kids.  Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show extravaganza where kids can interact with some of the performers to learn circus skills such as juggling and balancing.

At the end of the show, the entire cast comes out to meet and take pictures with their guests for an unforgettable up-close experience with the performers.

Circus Vargas will be performing shows through February 3 before they pack up four miles of rope and cable weighing over 17 tons and traveling on to their next stop in San Diego. For tickets and showtimes visit their website at www.circusvargas.com.

Circus Vargas is back in town!

Living in Burbank has many perks, and one of them happens to be that the circus comes to town once a year.  Circus Vargas opened their big top to the public Saturday, April 21st and will be performing shows up until May 7th before packing up and moving off to Woodland Hills.

This year’s theme is “Dreaming of Pirates,” which is conveyed in the performer’s costumes and stage decor.  In one performance, a giant pirate ship is rolled out onto the stage as a group of swashbuckling pirates duel it out while falling and flipping around on a trampoline.  In another, a mermaid gives up her fins for legs and shows off her newly found contortions putting you in awe at what the human body can really do. 

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

 

Circus Vargas is a family friendly show that is appropriate for all ages and does not contain any animals in their acts.  The entire show is run by the performers and their talents whether it be aerial arts, tightrope, juggling, or shooting an arrow at a balloon with their feet.  The “ringmasters” are a few silly clowns, but not the typical clowns we all think of at a circus.  No big red noses, no orange frizzy hair.  Just a couple of silly guys who will make you laugh your socks off.

Parking for the circus is $10 and it is good to remember that you can’t enter Front St. from Burbank Blvd.  The best route if coming from the West side of Burbank is to enter the 5 South freeway and exit Verdugo and then make a right onto Front St. which will bring you right to the entrance of Circus Vargas.

Don’t forget to come 30 minutes early for extra entertainment for the kids.  When entering the big top, there is face painting, light up toys, and a pre-show where kids can come to the middle of the ring and learn circus acts like balancing and juggling with the performers.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Because Circus Vargas is a smaller circus, it feels very intimate and close. There really isn’t a bad seat in the tent as it is a smaller venue than other circus’. The “clowns” interact with the audience, pulling some people into the ring to perform a funny skit, and are often roaming through the stands throughout their acts which gives everyone a chance to feel close to the performers. After the show, all of the performers line up outside the tent to meet their guests and take pictures with them.

Kids and Adults of all ages will love this show! It is definitely an experience worth going to before it’s gone!

Performers from Circus Vargas will be at Magnolia Park’s Ladies & Gents’ Night Out this week in the parking lot next to Blast from the Past 3117 W Magnolia Blvd, they will be offering discount tickets to the Circus

Tickets are available on every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be purchased at www.circusvargas.com or at the Ticket office located at 777 North Front St.

Circus Vargas – The Big One is Back in Burbank

 The Big One is Back! Circus Vargas Delivers the Ultimate Entertainment Extravaganza for 2018! Debuting their latest, new and amazing production in the San Fernando Valley, the much-anticipated tour runs April 21st through May 22nd in Burbank.

Johnny Rocque a clown in Circus Vargas. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

Always fun for the entire family, Circus Vargas’ incredible new production highlights an amazing cast of world-renowned performers! Death- Defying Acrobats, Daredevils, Flying Trapeze Artists, Jugglers, Contortionists, Comedians, Clowns, Motorcycles and much, much, more!

Get ready to unleash your imagination and discover a world of pure circus magic and wonderment
under the Big Top, where memories are made and cherished for a lifetime!

Join us for a swashbuckling circus spectacular, with this year’s theme “Dreaming of Pirates!” A fantastic voyage of nonstop action and adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant children of all ages! Prepare to witness the impossible and experience the unforgettable!

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Circus Vargas’ Dreaming of Pirates… A true circus treasure!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

Ticket Information:

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 21 – Monday, May 7

Burbank – Burbank Blvd at 1-5 Freeway (777 N. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502)  Enter from Verdugo go north to parking lots.

 

Saturday, April 21 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 22 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, April 23 – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 26 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 27 – 4:30pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 28 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 29 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, April 30 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 3 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 4 – 4:30pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 5 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 6– 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, May 7 – 6:30pm

Thursday, May 10 – Monday, May 21

Westfield Promenade (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367)

Thursday, May 10 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 11 –7:30pm

Saturday, May 12 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 13 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, May 14 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, May 15 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 16 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 17 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 18 – 4:30pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 19 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 20 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, May 21 – 6:30pm

April 18, 2018: Story corrected to reflect new show dates and correct times

Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque!

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Burbank for performances between  April 20 to May 8 .

The show:

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!

Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This wonderful show has something for everyone! It’s 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ticket Information: General admission tickets are $17-$32 for children and $27-$37 for adults. Reserved Ringside seating is $52-$67 for children and $57-$72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 20 – Monday, May 8

Burbank – Burbank Blvd at 1-5 Freeway (777 N. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502)

Thursday, April 20 – 7:30pm

Friday, April 21 – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 22 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 27 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 28 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 29 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 30 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 1 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 4 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 5 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7– 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 8 – 7:00pm

Circus Vargas Returns to Burbank in May

The multi-generation, family operated Circus Vargas returns to the Inland Empire with the premiere of iLUMINOUS, a new, high-energy, animal-free extravaganza under the Big Top. Boasting death-defying stuntmen, flying aerialists, exhilarating acrobats, and uproarious clowns under a music filled, blue and yellow Big Top, Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS will appear from May 12 through June 9 in Burbank, Ventura and Santa Ana.

iLUMINOUS follows a family who have become more connected with their electronic devices than each other. A circus spirit helps them discover that our devices merely add light to the lives we lead and are not a substitute for human connection. Special effects lighting and unique costume design will make the artists appear to glow in the dark.

Arrive 45 minutes early for an exciting, interactive pre-show experience where children (of all ages) can join the circus! After the show, meet and take pictures with our performers.

Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS will feature:

  • Yeromenko, a high-octane, Ukrainian, gymnastic team who makes dazzling leaps and spins from three horizontal bars 20-feet from the ground
  • The Skating Torreblancas, a Chilean duo of roller skating artists where the brother propels in a circle while whipping his sister through the air in a series of life-threatening lifts, poses and swings including one heart-in-your-throat moment when they are chained neck to neck while spinning on a 6-foot platform.
  • Known as the “Justin Bieber of the circus world,” 21-year old Patrick Marinelli gained a rabid fan base after showing off his magic on “America’s Got Talent.” The fifth generation circus artist dons a light up suit to join the guys on the electrifying Trampoline Wall before partnering with the elegant Nicolette Fornasari on a breathtaking aerial strap act.
  • The girl power Osmani Acro-Trio combines dance and contortions in an amazing display of strength and grace.
  • The comic antics of two brothers from Italy get laughs as the spiky haired Steve Caveagna spins multiple diabolos to incredible heights while the saxophone playing Jones instigates pandemonium.
  • Vova whirls light up objects such as a 4-foot cube through the dark in a Tron-like, light up costume.
  • A pair of motorcyclists zoom around in a 16-foot Globe of Danger while avoiding a daredevil beauty who stands in the center.
  • Direct from a royal command performance for Prince Albert of Monaco, the trapeze artists known as the Flying Tabares fly with the speed and beauty of fireworks through a darkened tent.
  • Jon and Laura Weiss preside over the interactive pre-show where Jon, a former contestant on The Amazing Race, balances anything from a dollar bill to a 16-foot tall ladder on his chin.

Tickets are $15-$35 for general admission seating and $35-$70 for reserved ringside seats. Purchase tickets online at www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location.

Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter: @CircusVargas.

Burbank, off I-5 Freeway and Burbank Blvd.
Thursday, May 12 through Monday, May 23

Circus Vargas Daredevil Gives Burbank Exciting Preview

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Circus Vargas has once again come back to Burbank through October 13 and they gave Burbank a tease of what is to come.

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Thursday, a famed Circus Vargas Daredevil walked across a cable stretched out over the circus’ Big Top tent to not only bring attention to the shows which are currently running now through October 13, but to also bring attention to Promote “Rebuild San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission” Donation Drive.

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission suffered severe damage due to a fire earlier this year and efforts are being made to restore the much needed facility.

The Daredevil walked precariously across the wire strung high across the very top of the Circus Vargas Big Top with a banner from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission blazoned  across it to safety on the other side.

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)