By: Kerry Marks, Producer
In its 32nd season, Circus Flora delights audiences with laughs, death-defying acts, and good old fashioned fun all wrapped around the central story of “The Case of the Missing Bellhop.” Eccentric guests of all kinds arrive at the world-famous Balding Hotel just in time for a sinister plot to unfold where a mysterious figure abducts the staff one by one, replacing them with not so hospitable robots. The patrons include the Flying Walandas, Cousin Grumpy and his trained pigs, the St. Louis Arches, and many more. As luck would have it, the guest list also includes the internationally renowned detective Gordon who eagerly takes up the case once the Bellhop goes missing. But who could have done the deed? Every guest and every act become suspect as Gordon tries to solve the case.
“The Case of the Missing Bellhop” is the first performance at Circus Flora’s new location in Grand Center. Previously, the company setup its Big Top on land behind Powell Symphony Hall which restricted their season to June. Circus Flora’s new home a few blocks away at 3401 Washington allows them greater flexibility and the ability to move the performance season to the more hospitable months of April and May. The Kranzberg Arts Foundation purchased the tent and the land in 2016 and have been a generous supporter of the troupe.
Circus Flora is a non-profit company. They work with SSM Cardinal Glennon to bring laughter to thousands of sick children with “Clowns on Call.” With their “Share the Circus” program, they give 3,000 tickets free of charge to children and families from underserved communities throughout the region.
While a St. Louis staple for over three decades, Circus Flora has garnered national recognition for its traditional European artistry combined with original stories and modern theatrical flare. They’ve performed at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Lincoln Center Festival in New York, and the Spoleta Festival in South Carolina.
“The Case of the Missing Bellhop” will run through May 13, 2018. There will be a special sensory friendly performance on May 2. For more information, check out their website at circusflora.org.