I had seen a different cat circus at Summer Adventures in Fair Park in 2013, so I knew I would really enjoy this one. I couldn't wait for Cat Circus Night! I dressed accordingly as a bat/cat! :D
As soon as we walked into Stage West Theater, I squeed when I saw the cute cat in a top hat sculpture and kitty paw prints on the floor leading to the merch table. I was so excited, I didn't notice a couple of our friends were there until after I got my hand stamped!
Ready for the show! Polly let me borrow this cute sign.
After chatting with our friends for a bit, the house opened and we grabbed some great seats. Soon, a groundhog wandered onto the stage up to a microphone to "announce" that the show would start in a few minutes. So cute! I didn't get my camera out in time to snap his photo, so I snagged this one from my friend Oliver's Facebook page.
After an opening performance by the groundhog, some cute rats, a chicken, and of course some kitties, Samantha Martin introduced herself and her assistants Polly and Seunga. (I chatted with Polly and Seunga before and after the show and they were super nice!) Samantha is a feline behavioral expert who trains these fantastic felines. The show was not only entertaining, but also educational. Samantha explained the concept of clicker training and training cats to go into a carrier when they hear a whistle. The whistle training is especially important for emergencies - it could save precious seconds to get your kitty out of the house safely in the event of an emergency. She even sells a training kit that comes with everything you need to clicker train your cat!
After Tuna, the star of the show, hit the switch on a light-up applause sign, we were treated to more kitty tricks. Tightrope walking, ball balancing, hoop jumping, and even a shopping trip!
Of course, being cats, the tricks did not always go smoothly, but Samantha, Polly, and Seunga handled it with grace and humor. Part of the fun was laughing at the kitties' finicky nature. Once kitty ran into the audience and wandered for a bit!
Samantha also introduced each Acro-Cat and told their stories. Every cat is a former rescue, stray, or orphan. Samantha fosters kitties and finds them forever homes - sometimes they end up staying with her as an Acro-Cat! It was so fun to hear about each cat and learn their names - Nola, Oz, Asti, Buggles, Pudge, Tuna, Jax, Alley, and Sookie were just some of the cuties we met.
We even witnessed a bowling show-down and bell-ringing contest between Tuna and Cluck Norris the chicken!
The grand finale of the show was a performance by The Rock Cats. They were so cool! The best part was being able to go onstage after the show to meet The Rock Cats and take photos. We were not allowed to pet the kitties - except for Pudge! Pudge "loves being mauled by strangers." She really couldn't get enough pets! Such a sweetie!
Buggles being cute!
Pretty Jax on her skull with Oz in the background.
Nola, two cuties whose names I forget, and Cluck Norris.
I love this Target commercial they are in!
I had so much fun at this show - my face was seriously hurting from smiling so much. The Acro-Cats have left Dallas, but will be in Houston from February 12th through February 22nd. I highly recommend catching a show if you are in the area! You can also keep up with their tour schedule on The Amazing Acro-Cats Website. I will definitely see them again if they come back to the Dallas area!
The Amazing Acro-Cats Official Website
The Amazing Acro-Cats Wikipedia Page
Tuna and The Rock Cats Facebook Page