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On the Bright Side

October 28, 2013

'All-Star' circus shows to aid local schools

If your life is a circus and you need an escape, try the real thing.

Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus will be performing at the Cooperstown High School at 7 p.m. today, and at Worcester Central School at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hosted by the student council as a fundraiser, the circus will offer a family-friendly performance in the school gym, with all the expected acts, minus the traditional big top. 

The cast of 16 packs plenty of action into 90 minutes. The Bertini family displays unicycle feats, and Roger gets laughs with acrobats on a trampoline, while Franci and Clara awe with their hula hoop skills and aerial tricks, respectively. Billy Martin’s circus includes the Rinny family of jugglers from Argentina, and Sadrak, who performs cirque-style contortions, also from South America. Jonathon brings Las Vegas glamour to his cylinder balance act, and Billy Martin’s wife, Angela, performs a single trapeze act.

“That’s right,” Martin confirms, “the ringmaster fell in love with the trapeze artist.”

Finally, there is “Slinko,” about which, Martin enthuses, “You have to see it — can’t describe it.”

Billy Martin is, of course, the Ringmaster, complete with the necessary magnetic personality and a golden microphone. 

“All these acts are my friends,” Martin elaborates, adding that, “I worked with them in bigger shows, then hand-picked them for this venue. I know what New York state audiences like.”

A veteran of the circus business, Martin’s love of what he does is clear when he proclaims that, “I have the best job in the circus —  I get to be in it and watch it every night!”

The Cole All-Star Circus boasts a 75-year-old history, rich with stories of helping school organizations raise money by entertaining the community and sharing the profits.

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