Circus Juventas Postpones Shows, Adapts Programs to Stay Afloat
Dan Butler is used to being nimble and flexible. As executive director of Circus Juventas, he’s been teaching trapeze and teeterboard for 25 years.
Being nimble and flexible during a pandemic is a whole different act.
“We have rescheduled and reimagined so many things, only to find out two weeks later we can’t do it.” he said. “It’s almost impossible to plan anything.”
“The unknown is just too great,” Butler noted.
Normally, spring and summer months are some of the busiest at the circus’ home in St. Paul’s Highland Park. With two shows and summer training programs, the months also provide a big chunk of Circus Juventas’ revenue.
The coronavirus pandemic shut that all down. When Gov. Tim Walz announced the shelter-in-place orders in March, Circus Juventas temporarily close its doors. Both the spring and summer shows, which usually rake in about $750,000 each, were postponed…
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