You may have heard the circus is in town! Feld Entertainment, the largest producer of live family entertainment, began a nationwide search for the next Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Circus XTREME in August and continued its search here in Austin, TX. Rye Mullis, Director for Ringling Bros.® set the tone for the day by emphasizing the importance of having a great time and “demonstrating presence, confidence and clarity of voice.” Participants were asked to sing the opening song of the production “We’re On A Quest,” and read a sample announcement.
According to Ringling Bros.®, the ideal candidate for Ringmaster must be a strong singer with wonderful diction and strong projection. We definitely witnessed those qualities today in candidates who arrived at the Erwin Center ready to give it their all. One hopeful, Donnie Swift, said he was there “to put passion in and bring magic to the show.” Swift said he was amazed by how the circus travels as such a large production, and expressed excitement for the opportunity “to see so many cities and bring magic to each place.” Circus XTREME is composed of performers and staff from 13 different countries and travels on one of the two largest trains in the United States; over a mile long and dedicated to Ringling Bros.® The candidate selected will embark on an 18-month tour with the show.