Video: 'Circus 1903' brings baby elephant to Children's Hospital

by John Moore | Feb 15, 2017

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The Denver-bound Circus 1903 is a family friendly new spectacle that celebrates The Golden Age of Circus with all the strong men and acrobats and aerialists you might expect, alongside magnificent elephant … puppets.

Circus 1903. Photo by John MooreDavid Williamson, who plays Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade, and Luke Chadwick-Jones, who brings Peanut the baby elephant to life, visited Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge, as well as patients at Children's Hospital, offering the youngsters there a fun taste of magic and the circus. They appeared in the hospital's in-house Seacrest Studios, so that kids who could not leave their rooms could watch on their televisions.

"As a parent, I know how much it means for people to stop by and give a little bit of their time," Williamson said. "I hope for those few moments, those kids forgot they were in a hospital."

Circus 1903 plays under the Buell Theatre Big Top from Feb. 21-26.

Photo gallery:
'Circus 1903' in Denver
To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. Photos by Cassie McHale and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus: Ticket information
The story: Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of CircusSensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before with a cast of unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and more.
• Feb. 21-26
• Buell Theatre
• Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
• Groups: Call 303-446-4829

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Circus 1903:
Circus 1903: Death-defying humans ... and puppet elephants

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

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  1. Parenting Pod | Feb 24, 2017

    What a neat gift! Thank you for sharing!

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