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The Acro-Cats

The Acro-Cats

The Venue, Orlando FL</strong>

Ringmaster Samantha sums it up best:” Nothing teaches humility like performing a trained cat act in front of a live audience.” The Acro-Cats is a throwback to the last days of Vaudeville where novelty acts competed against dancers, comedians and singers, hoping for that big break that would push them into the Orpheum circuit. The Acro-Cats travel by bus, provide a charming and kid friendly entertainment, but they can be rather hard to see if you’re not in the front row. Samantha is aided by two more stage hands, and the cats do their bidding occasionally with reluctance and occasionally with verve. The star of the show was Tuna; she excelled at ringing bells and taking swipes at everyone on stage. Ally swerves between peoples legs, and Nola excels at high jumps. There are a few other animals including a yet-to-be-named ground hog, a trio of white rats, and my favorite: Cluck Norris, the bowling Rooster. The show careened from funny to touching and while not every stunt worked when they did the audience emitted an appreciative “oooohhh!” Samantha explains how the cats were trained, promotes adopting from shelters, and plugged the merch table in the lobby. She also filled in with humorous banter if a cat or two escaped and investigated the back of the room. All The Acro-Cats are rescues, and there’s even a pair of kittens in the lobby for adoption. Go into this one with animal act expectations and a few small children and you’ll be entertained. But get there early; second row seating is second class seating.

For more show details and information about the cats, visit www.circuscats.com


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