Cool off this summer with a journey to the Arctic North as the Polar Bear Prince and his bride travel beyond the ice and snow, where only the North Wind blows. CirqueLouis’ acrobats, jugglers, dancers, and aerialists astound on the stage and in the air in this tale which takes us East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Join us for our next original cirquetheatre production at Iroquois Amphitheater Jun 9th and 10th, 2017 with special appearance by Squallis Puppeteers!
Thank you to all our our sponsors and supporters: Iroquois Amphitheater, Leo Magazine, WFPL, and Louisville Magazine.
Artistic Director: Christine Moondancer
(Cast Listed Alphabetically)
Terri was first introduced to circus arts when her daughter wanted to fly. Seeing all the fun her daughter was having, Terri joined in! Beginning as a Fire Eater with Turners Circus, she eventually found her true calling; goofing around on stage! She has trained with the NY Goofs and appeared as a Teetotaler turned Flapper in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), as well as A Trickster in Pinocchio (2016). Off stage, Terri enjoys building props and costumes and even shares a few sound effects for both Turners Circus and CirqueLouis productions.
Cassie is an Aerialist, Juggler, and Movement Artist who performs regularly with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. She played a Teetotaler turned Flapper in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), Peter Quince on comedy Silks in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016) and A Juggler in Pinocchio (2016). When not working on her circus skills, she can be found teaching Movement and games at the Waldorf School of Louisville or rehearsing lines for Kentucky Shakespeare with Veterans and teaching yoga at the Combat Vet Center.
Sophia Cappelletti started training in circus arts in 2008 at Turners Circus. She has performed annually at Turners since then on a variety of apparatuses and has been an instructor there since 2015. Sophia is excited to be joining CirqueLouis for the first time as a prisoner in East of the Sun (2016). Aside from circus, Sophia also enjoys running and riding horses. She is also excited to be heading to Murray State University in the fall to study pre-veterinary medicine.
Director of Choreography, Polar Bear
Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience.
After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand balancing act in over 20 counties as well as at sea.
Jordan is excited to be back in his hometown and see the circus community growing here. He regularly performs with CirqueLouis at events around the city and played the role of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). He looks forward to continuing to share the magic of circus with this city.
Emily is a Dancer, Juggler, and Aerialist who is pleased to once again be performing with CirqueLouis. She appeared on the Carousel in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016) and will play a dancing sister in East of the Sun (2017). She has also performed annually with Turners Circus since 2013 on a variety of apparatus. When Emily is not dancing or practicing her circus skills, she can be found playing cello, guitar, or reading.
Cedric began his Aerial training in 2015 at Suspend after deciding to make a change from swimming to circus. He has performed in 2 of Suspend’s student shows, Winter Showcase 2015 and Spring Showcase 2016. Scouted while taking private lessons at Turners Circus, he landed a role in his first CirqueLouis production where he took to the air as a Falcon in Pinocchio (2016). He was recruited once more for the West Wind in this production. In addition to being a circus artist, Cedric is a sophomore at Manual High School and enjoys mathematics, physics and piano.
President and Founder of CirqueLouis, North Wind
Born fourth into a performing family, Lynley has spent her whole life involved in the circus. She first became part of Turners Circus as an infant, and in 2008 stepped in as Circus Director. Through her leadership and vision, she helped initiate the transformation of the over 65 year old program into the year round training and performance entity that it is today.
Lynley has been instrumental in bringing new apparatus into Turners Circus, as she did in 2008 with the introduction of Silks and in 2014 with the creation of Chadelyra, increasing her own 30+ year repertoire of Static, Flying and Triple Trapeze, Casting, Lyra, Teeterboard, Swinging Ladders, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Adagio and Acro-Balance.
In May of 2015 she joined forces with her former cheer partner and Trapeze/Chandelyra doubles partner, Abbie Springer, and Turners Circus Artistic Director, Christine Moondancer, to form CirqueLouis in order to continue challenging the status quo by supporting new ideas, acts and concepts within the Louisville circus arts community.
Katie began her circus arts training with Turners Circus 2016 spring production Bootleg. She was scouted for CirqueLouis because of her infectiously adorable personality and dynamic stage presence and appeared to rave reviews in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), followed by the Snail in Pinocchio (2016). As the youngest performer with CirqueLouis, she is thrilled to be among such an amazing cast. Katie can always be found with a dance in her step, a song on her lips, and a cartwheel bursting to get out.
Lily is a Tumbler and Acrobat and has been perfecting her skills for eight years. She trains and is an Assistant Instructor for Beginner and Intermediate level classes at Ellen’s School of Dance. Lily performed both tumbling and carousel in Pinocchio (2016), which was her first circus production. Outside of tumbling and circus, Lily enjoys playing the ukulele and powderpuff football.
Ashley has been involved with aerial arts since she was a child. At just five years old, she didn’t hesitate a bit when her dad swung her from the cradle, an apparatus 20 feet off the ground. From that point forward, she was addicted. Her entire family was a circus family for years, and she hopes to continue that tradition. She works in medical sales, has a husband and two beautiful young girls. She already has the girls practicing their flying skills– “no one is too young or too old in the circus world!”
Terri is a passionate Aerialist and instructor who has trained throughout the US since 2010. Her specialties include Corde Lisse/Spanish Webs, Static Trapeze, Silks and Lyra. Terri has performed with CirqueLouis at city wide events and in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Terri is the owner of XALT, an aerial company which strives to inspire others to live their physical and mental potential and author of Be Your Best Self, A Holistic Plan for Emotional Wellness.
Cindy Law began her circus career in 2010 at Turners Circus. She performs regularly with both Turners Circus and CirqueLouis in their theatrical productions and community events. Cindy performed on Silks in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and on Chandelyra and Trapeze as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Cindy is well-respected for her knowledge of rigging, stage management, and safety. Cindy has been an aerial instructor ever since she fell in love with the circus arts and feels lucky to have her whole family follow in her passion, performing alongside her children.
Visiting Artist, Sage
Bonnie “Juice” MacDougall of HavenHoopDance, began hooping in 2002 on the Weaver St. Market lawn in Carrboro, NC, one of the birth places and a mecca of modern hoop dance. Her practice is nourished with meditative movement as well as technical hoop artistry, and an abundance of dance. She is active in the ecstatic dance community, is a student of contact improv, slow flow, and other forms of dance. Bonnie’s style is dance based, blurring the line between who is in “control” the hoop or the hooper. She teaches weekly classes as well as travels to other part of the country to teach hoop intensive and movement workshops. She performed in the very first Flow Show in San Francisco, and has since performed in New York, Detroit, and throughout the Midwest and South. This is her first performance with CirqueLouis.
Jeremy McKinley (not pictured)
Lee is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). In addition to performing, Lee is also an instructor for CirqueLouis’ educational outreach and Social Circus program, CirqueCompassion. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.
South Wind, Roustabout
Courtney Markham was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a family rich in of artistic history. With a mother in Music Theater Louiville, and a sister in the Louisville Ballet, it was only a matter of time until she followed in her family’s footsteps, singing in professional choirs and dancing at local studios. Courtney first began circus in 2013 at her sister’s insistence. She performed at several student showcases, and Turners Circus (2015’s Checkmate) and fell in love with the craft. She currently instructs aerial rope and silks for Suspend, a local aerial fitness and dance gym. She performs at Suspend regularly, often with her fiancée and sister. This is her first performance with CirqueLouis, and would like to note that is also the first time her whole family has performed together. Courtney is very excited to perform with her sister and mother, and would like to thank CirqueLouis for bringing the whole family to the stage together, something that has been long since overdue.
Lisette is thrilled to be joining her two daughters in the cast of CirqueLouis for the first time. She is from a long family history of performers. Her Mother, Grandmother, and HER grandmother were all classical singers. Her Mother and Grandmother traveled on a circus train performing with vaudeville. She started early with folk and ballet classes at 5 years old, and voice lessons with her grandmother. Lisette has performed for over 30 years as a Actor, Singer, Dancer, and Mime. She has appeared with Music Theatre Louisville, Clarksville Little Theater, Actors Theater, the Kentucky Opera, Juneteenth Legacy Theater, and Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also performed in film and television, with two indie films coming out in 2017. She trained in classic pantomime with Mick Sgroi, student of Marcel Marceau and has over 25 years of training in ballet, jazz, and tap. When not performing, Lisette is a counselor with a private practice, loves genealogy research, travel with her family, her church choir, and volunteer work.
Executive Director, East Wind, Roustabout
Jessica has been training in aerial arts since 2013. She began her journey at Turners Circus, where she is currently Head Instructor. She joined CirqueLouis shortly after its inception as the Program Director and December 2015 she was promoted to Executive Director.
Jessica trains on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra, Static Trapeze, partner Acro-Balancing, Fire Arts, and Stilt Walking. She performed fire in CirqueLouis’ debut production Bootleg Untapped (2015), and was part of the Gypsy clowning troupe in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), where she exemplified her partner work in both Acro-Balancing and on Silks. She returned to Acro-Balancing in Pinocchio as Master Cherry, and debuted as a Stilts Performer in the Land of Merriment. She takes the stage once more in East of the Sun as the East Wind, as well as exploring the artistry of a Roustabout.
Jessica’s true passion lies with serving others, and she has spearheaded the formation of Louisville’s first social circus program – CirqueLouis’ CirqueCompassion. Jessica works with CirqueLouis’ social outreach and education branches, taking circus arts into schools and into the Louisville community as a way to transform lives. When Jessica is not participating in her many Circus activities, she is likely to be found outside gardening or reading.
Elka is an Aerialst, Stiltwalker, Unicyclist and Dancer who performs regularly with CirqueLouis at events and appearances throughout the community. She appeared on Trapeze in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Hammock and Lyra in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), as well as lyra and stilts in Pinocchio (2016). She has also performed annually with Turners Circus since 2010 and dances with Fleur de Lis. When she is not walking 8 1/2 feet above crowds at city wide events, Elka is most likely to be found painting, drawing, dancing, or playing the ukelele.
Maerose is an Aerialist and Acrobat who has been studying circus arts since 2011 and is a regular performer in Turners Circus Revues and annual spring productions. Her preferred apparatus is Static Trapeze, but performs on a variety of aerials. Maerose performed in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), followed by Pinocchio (2016), both on Carousel. When not engaged in circus arts, Maerose is working on enhancing her inner scientist.
Lucia’s circus adventure began in 2010 when she walked the “tightrope” for Turners Circus at the age of 2. She has since discovered a love for hanging upside down on the Trapeze and balancing across the stage on the Walking Globe. Lucia debuted with CirqueLouis in the Children’s Scene in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), as Tatiana’s attendant in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and as a mouse in Pinocchio (2016). She loves to dress up and perform with CirqueLouis, Turners Circus and The Peacock Children’s Theatre.
Jameson Peligro (not pictured)
Ella is a Dancer as well as an Aerialist who appeared in her first circus production playing Cobweb in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). She also danced and performed hammock in CirqueLouis’ Pinocchio (2016). She is a former student of the Louisville Ballet School who currently dances with Louisville Dance Alliance. She has been training in aerials with Turners Circus since 2015 and performed in their annual spring production, Stagecoach (2017). Besides loving the stage, Ella loves spending time with friends and family including her four siblings.
Emily is a Dancer and Aerialist who recently appeared as Titania in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), then the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (2017). She was also the Dance Choreographer/Instructor for Turners Circus, Stagecoach (2017). Aside from hanging from the gym ceiling or working in the dance studio, Emily’s other loves include practicing yoga, raising five children with her supportive husband and helping people buy and sell property through her real estate company, The Price Group at Keller Williams.
Lily is an Aerialist and Dancer who appeared last summer in her first circus production on Hammock as Moth in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), as well as a Marionette in Pinocchio (2016). She also performed in her first Turners Circus in Stagecoach (2017). Lily is also currently dancing with Louisville Dance Alliance. Aside from hanging high in the sky or leaping through the air, Lily loves spending time with her family and friends.
Leighann is an Aerialist who regularly performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. She appeared as a smuggler on Webs in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), as a Big Top Performer on Webs and Lady-in-Waiting on Silks in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and as a Clownfish in Pinocchio (2016). She is a former gymnast who has been performing since a very young age, including Turners Circus annual production since 1978. When not in the air, Leighann enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Alyssa is thrilled to be involved in another CirqueLouis production. She formerly appeared in a comedic role in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015). Beginning gymnastics at age 9, Alyssa has been performing with Turners Circus since 1996 and specializes in Silks, Spanish Webs, Lyra and Static Trapeze and loves every opportunity to do her favorite thing in the world on stage. When she is not “circusing” she loves her “Big Girl Job” at Sacred Heart Academy and spending time with her husband and 2 children.
Dean’s circus talents include Bottle Flair, Magic, Juggling, Comedy, Improv and Acting. He has traveled all over North America and the Caribbean competing, teaching and training magic and juggling to the hospitality industry. He has participated in Turners Circus annual production since 2013 and performers for CirqueLouis at events throughout the community. Dean also appeared as Jimmy D in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and Geppetto in Pinocchio (2016).
Sister, Sage, Prisoner
Megan is an Aerialist training and performing on Silks, Chains, Lyra, Ladders and Static Trapeze. She has appeared in Turners Circus annual spring production since 2013 and CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) as a Barbershop Dancer and comedic Dress Shop Assistant. After recovering from 2 injuries, Megan returned for Pinocchio (2016), performing as a Blackbird on Silks. When she is not flying high, Megan enjoys singing and dreaming about inspiring others.
Laura specializes in Aerial Silks and Spanish Web, and recently added Fire-Eating to her repertoire. She has performed with CirqueLouis at many local events as well as appearing on Silks in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), Spanish Webs and Silks in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and Silks in Pinocchio (2016). When not practicing or teaching aerials arts, Laura is usually involved in outdoor activities or piloting herself around Kentucky’s airports. Laura has a hard time keeping her feet on the ground!
Founder and Treasurer of CirqueLouis, North Wind, Roustabout
Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope and Lyra through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).
Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions, Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city
Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high level training and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.
A regular circus performer since age 3, Annabelle is a Ball Walker, Acro-Balancer and budding Aerialist who performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. She has appeared in all of CirqueLouis’ previous productions, Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) in the Children’s Scene, as a Ball Walker in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), and a Mouse as a Ball Walker in Pinocchio (2016). When not balancing on circus props, Annabelle devours books and loves challenging herself with computer and math skills.
Olivia is a Contortionist and Aerialist who has performed with CirqueLouis several times. Olivia previously performed in the opening act as an Amazon Warrior in CirqueLouis’ A Midsummer’s Night Circus (2016) at the Iroquois Amphitheater, then as the Gorilla Judge in Pinocchio (2016). She regularly trains in aerials at Turners Circus. When she is not in the air, Olivia loves horseback riding.
Marketing Director, South Wind
As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four. She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012, Pole. She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013.
Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, and Ladders with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, and CirqueLouis. She performed on Pole in CirqueLouis’ debut production of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and on Aerial Pole in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016).
Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Mike, while traveling on outdoor adventures.
Cynthia Phillips Wolf
Cindi was bitten by the Circus Bug in the 1970’s when her children joined Turners Circus. Over the next 40+ years her husband and all 7 children got involved, while she worked as Circus Director. Cindi has performed with 4 daughters and a granddaughter on Swinging Ladders and she continues her commitment to circus through performance and Fire-Eating instruction. Cindi appeared in CirqueLouis’ Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) as a Teetotaler turned Flapper and as Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016).
Anita is an Aerialist who also enjoys Clowning and Acting in CirqueTheatre productions. She performed on Pole and Pole Silks in Turners Circus’ Checkmate (2015) and appeared as “Neets” and on Lyra in Turners Circus’ Bootleg (2016). In addition, she has performed at several of Turners Circus Revues. Anita hit the stage with CirqueLouis for the first time as a Bootlegger in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015). She enjoys spending time with her 14 year old daughter, is an avid history buff, and loves to live life to its fullest.
All Photos* taken by AER Portrait. For more on his work, visit AER Portrait.
Abe Heil, Dylan Heil, & Lynley Elliott were taken by Brad Cottrell Photography.
Bonnie MacDougall and Jameson Peligro are visiting artists.