Children’s Theatre Company is back providing extraordinary theatre experiences for young people and their adults. This brand new season begins with a show that was delayed from January 2022 to September 2022, and it has been worth the wait: Circus Abyssinia Tulu.
I brought my 17-year-old daughter to the show. I wrote about my education in motherhood of teens in our newsletter. If you are interested in learning more about what happened in the audience, you can sign up for our weekly mailing list and learn hear some of the behind-the-scenes stories. Otherwise, check out what we thought of the show!
FFTC was provided complimentary tickets for the show/movie/etc. All thoughts are my own.
Circus Abyssinia Tulu
The story of Circus Abyssinia began long before it arrived at CTC. It wasn’t designed specifically for young audiences, but while watching kids of all ages will be in awe. The little girl I was sitting next to kept hiding her face while at the same time not being to look away at the children’s theater stage.
Circus Abyssinia Tulu at Children’s Theatre Company
“We’re seriously over the moon to be coming back to Children’s Theatre Company,” state the creators, Bibi Tesfamariam and Bichu Shimellis. “With our new show, Tulu, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the story of Ethiopian icon and Olympic legend, Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win Olympic gold. After a delay of so many months, we’re more excited than ever to perform with the wonderful audiences of Minnesota again!”
Derartu Tulu grew up in a small village where she tended cattle and lived to run up and down steep valleys, and over dusty plains where hyenas prowled. With breathtaking displays of circus virtuosity, Circus Abyssinia celebrates the ferocious skill and tenacity of young Derartu: how, unmatched in speed and guile, she chased her dreams all the way to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won gold in the 10,000m with a heart-racing sprint to the finish.
-Children’s Theatre Press Release
What to Know Before You Go
1. Audience members will enjoy the show in any part of the theater. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. We sat stage right on the far right of the theater and we saw it all.
2. The show is 90 minutes IF they decide to have a 20 minute intermission. Otherwise, it’s just over an hour.
3. It’s super helpful to watch the show after learning the story of Derartu Tulu. Part of the show is set in Africa and part of it is set at the Olympics. I really had no idea what I was watching. However, it was still enjoyable without understanding what the participants were portraying.
How to Take Circus Abyssinia Tulu with You
2.Try your hand at your own circus feats at Circus Classes around the metro:
3. Visit the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery and/or the Somali Museum (Somalia is the eastern neighbor of Ethiopia–and yes, I did have to double check that).
Tickets at Children’s Theatre Company
Circus Abyssinia: Tulu is running now through October 23, 2022 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage. Tickets can now be purchased at childrenstheatre.org/circus or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. If you purchase tickets online, you will need your phone or a print out of the tickets.
Tickets range from $15-$64.