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Circus Spectacular at the Latchis Theater, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Paul Binder, celebrity ringmaster. March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 1 p.m. at the Latchis Theater. Tickets at necenterforcircusarts.org. Tickets $15 to $50. 802-254-9780



Seventh Annual NECCA Circus Spectacular Features Celebrity Ringmaster

Fundraiser for NECCA's Circus in the Neighborhood



BRATTLEBORO — New England Center for Circus Arts' Seventh Annual Circus Spectacular slated for March 4 and 5 at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, announced today that Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus and honored member of the Circus Hall of Fame, will be this year's celebrity ringmaster.

"NECCA represents a new generation of circus artists with fresh ideas and new perspective. I'm honored, and excited to be part of this fundraising two-day event," says Binder.

Binder's career is vast and varied. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Dartmouth College and embarked on a career that ran the gamut from floor manager for Julia Child's The French Chef, to several years as associate producer of Jeopardy and later as talent coordinator of the Merv Griffin Show. He then went on to train in circus arts with San Francisco Mime Troupe and eventually left to travel through Europe from London to Istanbul supporting himself as a street juggler.

After a tour with the legendary Annie Fratellini and the renowned Nouveau Cirque de Paris, Binder returned to New York with a dream to create an American Circus that focused on theatrical excellence and artistic intimacy. The Big The Apple Circus was born in 1977 as a not for profit theatrical organization. He's received numerous awards and accolades including being inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame and Circus Ring of Fame.

Binder's celebrity, along with NECCA's international reputation, guarantees one of the most exciting Circus Spectacular's ever. Renowned artists from around the world from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Mechanics, Celebrity Cruise Lines productions and Circus Bella will join Binder on stage. Audiences will marvel at some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers all of whom have donated their performances to bring laughter and awe to the Latchis stage for two shows only.

Funds raised will support NECCA's "Circus in the Neighborhood," which offers diverse custom programming ranging from after school programs to specialized instruction for special needs youth, workshops for cancer survivors to off site performances in area group homes and rehabilitation centers.

Brattleboro Savings & Loan is lead sponsor.

There will be two shows only on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 1 p.m. at the Latchis Theater. Tickets are on sale now at necenterforcircusarts.org. Tickets range from $15 to $50. For more information, please call 802-254-9780.

The New England Center for Circus Arts, (NECCA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit circus arts center offering programs for professionals, students seeking a professional career, and therapeutic and recreational programs for people of all ages. NECCA is in the process of building a new facility in Brattleboro that will be the newest custom-designed circus arts trapezium building in the United States.

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