Circus of the Senses

Performance brings wondrous sights and sounds of circus to those with impaired senses

Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus has delighted the senses of children young and old for over 37 years. But what if one of those senses were impaired?

"I remember when I used to go with my mom, I would sit there and fall asleep because I didn't know what was happening," said Precious Perez.

That's why "circus of the senses" was created - to make the wondrous sights and sounds of the ring accessible to a broader audience.

"Our show is completely interpreted and adapted for those who cannot see, for those who cannot hear," said Lisa Lewis.

During these unique shows, wireless headsets are provided for those who are visually impaired to hear a lively play-by-play of all the action.

For those who are hearing impaired, spotlighted American Sign Language interpreters are place around the ring, to help narrate.

"Everybody can enjoy it all at once. we can hear the descriptions and everyone who sighted can see it and we all know whats happening all at the same time," said Perez.

As an extra special treat after the show, select children are invited to step into the ring for a hands-on touch session.

Children get to pet the animals, meet the performers and try out the equipment used during various circus acts.

"This was actually better than any of the other Big Apple Circus [shows]," said Hailey Gadbois.

Another Circus of the Senses performance will be offered Friday at 11 a.m. It's free of charge for all who attend. The Big Apple Circus continues now through May 10 at Boston's City Hall Plaza.

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