A lot of excitement has been going around the Kelly Miller lot in the last week.
We have gained a new aerialist - a professional - for the show. Becky Ostroff is filling the third spot in the webb display, as well as performing her single trapeze act in replacement of the Fernandes. Danny and Tavana Brown (who do just about everything for the show) renewed their vows under the direction of Father Jerry Hogan, following Tavana's confirmation into the Catholic Church. A beautiful ceremony, many performers and crew came to share in the celebration.
Tiger training is progressing every day. In correlation with his daily reading, Casey has acquired a small notebook that he uses for recording....something. I am not exactly sure what, but it unnerves many, including myself. It has been a great asset in my training, however. During practice, Casey will record my errors, presenting it to me the next day before my next session so that I may correct problems.
The tigers are also in the process of learning new tricks for the act while continuing the 'theme' of no props. More impressively, our year old cat Shonti is in her first few days of learning the rollover. She finishes the trick with sitting high, also looking much better after every practice. Her back is getting stronger and her balance improving. Seeing the cats improve and grow everyday reminds me constantly how cool I have of a job and life.
Our relaxing week of three multiple day stands were greeted with visits from circus fans John Goodall, Paul Holley and Jim Koretz. One show was graced with a VIP presence of John Cuneo, though sans wife Herta. To end, a few pictures from the wedding, training, and the unarmed forward hind leg walk, courtesy of Jim Koretz.