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.
Those auditioning in Austin boasted a diverse range of experience from announcing wrestling matches to touring with gospel choirs. Krisztina Nagy, who stirred a round of applause with her performance, worked for a circus in her home country of Hungary and later for a Disney cruise line. When asked how she felt before auditioning, Nagy said she was ready to “be myself and do my best. It’s most important that I give it my all.”
The Ringmaster announces acts during the show and represents Ringling Bros.® for media and promotional needs. Moreover, a Ringmaster must be adaptable to the needs of each performance, improvising as details of the show are always changing.
It’s not too late to throw your hat in the ring! Feld Entertainment will continue hosting auditions in Nevada, New York and Florida, with final auditions in late September through early October. The company plans to announce the next Ringmaster in October. Candidates can also submit auditions online.
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