Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Built to Amaze!" Wows Atlantans

Atlantans Enjoy Much-Needed Outing — “Built to Amaze!” — Following Ice Storm

By Shandra Hill Smith

From the tumbling performances to a human cannon ball, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built to Amaze!” did more than wow the crowds. It made for a much-needed outing for many metro Atlantans in a city that had been shut down by a major ice storm just days earlier. In fact, two days of performances had to be cancelled because of the weather with an additional show added to Monday’s closing night.

With performances at The Arena at Gwinnett Center followed by later dates (February 12 to 17) at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, “Built to Amaze!” dazzled with tumblers, high-wire trapeze artists and jumping poodles, among other impressive acts, including the aforementioned female cannon ball (Elliana Grace). Watching the hand-balancing routines showcasing great female strength (Duo Fusion and Duo Solys) left many on the edges of their seats, as (with fingers crossed) they watched hoping all would go off without a hitch.

“Built to Amaze!” — the 143rd production of The Greatest Show on Earth — takes its show to other states, including the Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia.

More info: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.