IF YOU GO
• What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged
• When: 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday
• Where: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth
• Cost: $25 to $130
• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcente...>
DULUTH -- Tiger tamers, a human fuse and a car full of clowns can only mean one thing: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town with its latest show, Fully Charged. The group performs at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center today through Sunday.
Tagging along as one of the newest members of the circus is ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott, who had never seen the circus before auditioning.
"I'd never seen the circus prior to joining. I wanted to join Broadway," he said with a laugh. "I'm glad to get the chance to be part of the show because it's pretty cool to perform in front of so many people. Theater is a much smaller scale."
Scott works with people from all over the planet, such as the Fernandez Brothers of Mexico, Alimgulov Comedy Big Bike Troupe of Russia and Tianyicheng Troupe of China's Henan province, which adds to the native Californian's experience of touring.
"It's neat to work alongside people from all over the world -- so many cultures from every corner of the earth," he said.
But it's not all fun and games around the circus. Each cast member lives a healthy lifestyle, exercises daily and continuously practices routines to ensure the best performances possible.
"The most difficult part of my job is staying healthy and keeping my voice healthy. I do not have an understudy. It's on me to make sure to eat, sleep and exercise," Scott said. "Every morning, I do morning yoga. After that, I warm up my voice with a recording from my voice coach. I try to get at least eight hours of sleep. I also try to stay into shape by running and we have gym equipment on the circus train."
Year-round, these professionals work tirelessly to give audiences an in-your-face show to remember.
"I think the biggest thing about our show is that it's real," Scott said. "There are so many different entertainment and media like the movies, but it's all video and special effects. What's wonderful about the circus is that it's all really happening in front of you, which is one-of-a-kind."
The circus' next stop is North Charleston, S.C.