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Aerialist Dolly Jacobs returns to the air to perform for the 2013 Circus Sarasota Summer Circus Spectacular. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CIRCUS SARASOTA

The smart match of Circus Sarasota and The Ringling are together again for the seventh consecutive year to present the Summer Circus Spectacular. The winningly old-school show featuring a world-famous aerialist and Clown Hall of Famer starts Tuesday and runs through August 3. For six weeks, the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota will be transformed into an intimate big top every Tuesday through Saturday.

Clown Hall of Fame inductee Steve Smith, a former performer and director with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, returns as the master of ceremonies with "Queen of the Air" Dolly Jacobs back to headline. Daughter to famed clown Lou Jacobs, she followed his footsteps and rose to the top with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where she earned the solo spot as an aerialist performing above the center ring of The Greatest Show on Earth. In 1997 Jacobs and her husband, Pedro Reis, founded Circus Sarasota

Texas Jack Fullbright, a trick-roper and bull-whip artist, kicks off the show. Magicians and illusionists Rafael Palacios and Julia Jacob Barreda, "silent comedian" Robb Zeiser and hand-balancing act Duo Romanesc are also going to perform.

"The Summer Circus Spectacular is a very affordable way for the entire family to enjoy an exciting, world-class circus performance and the air-conditioned comfort of the intimate Historic Asolo Theatre provides the perfect arena," said Reis, in a statement. "It's a win, win of summer fun for all ages!"

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays - Fridays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, June 18 - August 3; Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Roadd, Sarasota; $15/$10 (for children age 12 and under); 360-7399; www.ringling.org.
Last modified: August 4, 2013
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