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Celebrate the New Year with Cirque Joyeux, a Festive Tradition of Talent

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Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids MagazineReview of Lone Star Circus’ Cirque Joyeux at Dallas Children’s Theater

Each year Creative Director and Lone Star Circus founder Fanny Kerwich shares her life-long passion for the circus arts with audiences of all ages. Kerwich, an eighth generation circus artist, manages to brilliantly mesh together and celebrate the artistry of local performers and internationally renowned circus stars. DFW looks forward to a brand new presentation and what has become an annual tradition over the last 11 years of ushering in the New Year at Dallas Children’s Theater with Lone Star Circus.

My family and I are no exception. We’ve been attending Lone Star Circus’ holiday performances over the last few years and look forward to each new show with much anticipation. Every year there is something new and different to enjoy. And, the intimate setting at DCT makes for stunning sound and visuals with each performance. In fact, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at Dallas Children’s Theater!

There were many standouts in Cirque Joyeux’s premiere last night. You could have heard a pin drop it was so quiet as the audience watched Geddy Pavlovich not only balance but spin around while balancing on no less than 7 cylinders during his Rolla Bolla act – wow!

Geddy Pavlovich - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Irina Naumenko of Cirque du Soleil fame showed abundant grace and elegance during her hand balancing and contortion act. My daughter and I were full of “ooh’s and ahh’s” watching Naumenko fluidly contort her body while she balanced on one hand.

Irina Naumenko - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circius - North Texas Kids Magazine

Rokardy mesmerized us with his agility and style as he balanced on more than five chairs, including one that was tilted. At one point he even balanced on an upside down bottle on top of all those chairs!

Rokardy - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magzine

Angelo Rodriguez performed in Lone Star Circus’ very first production and returned to the stage last night with an amazing performance on the aerial strap and silks. Part of his act includes balancing and spinning a huge metal cube structure as he holds on with just one hand to an aerial strap. Rodriguez showed great versatility and control and it was a pleasure to watch him perform.

Angelo Rodriguez - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Angelo Rodriguez - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Long time Las Vegas performer Rejean St. Jules entertained us with his fabulous juggling skills. His repertoire of talent includes playing a keyboard using multiple tennis balls to hit the keys – such fun!

Rejean St. Jules - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Local talent in Cirque Joyeux included Asaf Mor who performed a cool Hula Hoop act and 11-year-old Gitana Doyle (Kerwich’s daughter with husband Mark) who did a terrific job on aerial silks right in the middle of the audience! Gitana, fondly called “Gigi” by her mom is a ninth-generation circus artist who has been performing since she was a toddler. Gigi trains at Lone Star Circus School also founded by Kerwich. As a mom myself, it was neat seeing Kerwich nearby as her daughter performed, beaming with pride.

Asaf Mor - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Gitana Doyle - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

Gitana Doyle - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

It wouldn’t be a Lone Star Circus show without at least an appearance by clown duo Slappy and Monday. Though we would have loved to have seen more of this hilarious couple because they always bring such great energy, their presence during the production and after the show rounded out the family atmosphere that is Lone Star Circus.

Slappy and Monday - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

This year, we were treated to The Campa Family, a Mexican family of musical clowns whose comedic antics were a pleasure to behold. These guys have such great harmony and chemistry and they are hilarious!

The Campa Family - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

A highlight of the evening for us was seeing Johnathan Lee Iverson host Cirque Joyeux. Iverson was named one of the ten most fascinating people of 1999 by Barbara Walters and also has the distinction of being the youngest and first African American ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. He is also the last ringmaster of this iconic circus that said farewell to millions of fans this spring. Iverson’s great singing voice and vivacious personality are perfect for his role as host of Cirque Joyeux.

Johnathan Lee Iverson - Cirque Joyeux - Lone Star Circus - North Texas Kids Magazine

As of this writing, Cirque Joyeux is performing 7 more shows until January 1, 2018 and two of these performances are already sold out! Get your tickets while they’re still available and join in on the tradition of celebrating the New Year with Lone Star Circus. Tickets can be purchased on the Dallas Children’s Website at or by calling the box office at: 214-740-0051. Your family is sure to have a great time!

Remaining performance times for Cirque Joyeux:

Saturday, December 30, 2017
10:30am – SOLD OUT
5:30pm – SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday, January 1, 2018


Mina Frannea

Mina Frannea is an online media professional. She is the editor and media director at North Texas Kids Magazine and provides freelance marketing and promotional services for clients all over the country. Mina enjoys the Arts & Entertainment, Sci-Fi, new technology, cooking, enlightening discussions and sharing relevant information.  Want to share your story with Mina or North Texas Kids? Send Mina an Email



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