Big Top Academy is a new circus-themed show on Discovery Kids Network that premiered October 15th, 2018. Set in a fictitious circus boarding school, it features the exciting lives of eight young acrobats who are dreaming of becoming professional circus artists. It is the brainchild of none other than Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group and collaborators Apartment 11 and Discovery Kids, who aims to build its ever increasing audience by showing the thrilling world of circus to the 8 to 14-year-old set.
The first season (over 52 episodes) have been filmed already for this huge project. Sending out a simple message (on television) to young people that circus can be more than entertainment–that it can be a lifestyle, a passion, a second family, or a place to mix some of the competitive demands of sports with creativity, the series is in many ways groundbreaking and is sure to inspire a new generation of circus artists. At least, that’s what the shows creators and actors hope. While the plot and the timeless tween themes center around belonging and finding oneself, the core of the show is based on the concept of stringent circus arts training as the eight youth arrive with various skill sets and backgrounds and are put to the challenge by their kind headmistress Miss G, their stern athletic director Sir Rayne and their eccentric teacher Ms. Martel. The look and feel of Big Top Academy h...
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