Natalie Van Why, 18, daughter of Meg and Bob Van Why of St. Anthony Park, will perform on the aerial hoops under the big top Circus Juventas’ summer show, Oz, Aug. 1-18. Van Why has been performing with the group for six years and has worked on the Spanish web, silks, bungee trapeze and triple trapeze, as well as the hoops. This is her last show as she will be heading to Tennessee to attend Sewanee, the University of the South, in August.
A Cirque du Soleil-inspired fantasy, Oz includes an emerald-green city guarded by zany gatekeepers, wicked witches, gravity-defying castle guards, aerial monkeys and a wizard to remind the audience that there is no place like home.
This year a new piece of circus equipment has been constructed to replicate Dorothy’s Kansas house as seen in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. The trapeze can accommodate three performers and an additional triangle trapeze, which hangs below the house, creates an astonishing spectacle in Circus Juventas’ center ring.
Tickets for all 21 performances are available through Ticketworks at www.ticketworks.com or 612-343-3390 or by calling the Circus Juventas box office at 651-699-8229. All seats are reserved. An extra performance has been added to accommodate the demand for tickets. Circus Juventas is located at 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul. For more information go to www.circusjuventas.org.