Jul 29, 2021 - Things to Do
St. Paul's youth circus kicks off summer show
A photo of a young woman doing the splits in the air, wrapped in silk ropes.
Emme Martini practices silks for "Galaxium." Photo courtesy of Circus Juventas

The circus is in town! Well, technically, it never left.

Driving the news: St. Paul's Circus Juventas, the largest youth circus school in North America, is opening this year's summer show "Galaxium" on Friday.

Details: The story takes place in 2050 on "an alien planet at the edge of the known universe" with conspiracy theories, comedy and high-flying stunts.

  • The cast of 75 students trained year-round for the 16 shows, said program director Katy McEwen.

How it works: The school, started in 1994, hosts nearly 1,000 performing arts students at its 21,000-square-foot Big Top in Highland Park.

  • Anyone ages 2-22 can sign up for classes. The summer catalogue includes everything from "Handstands 1000" to "Trapeze." Tickets for the 3-hour showcase range from $30-$50.
  • Our thought bubble: It's a student performance, but considering a traveling Cirque du Soleil show starts at $60 for nosebleed seats, it's not a bad deal.

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