Traveling circus coming to Tropical Plantation

The traveling Modern American Circus is coming to town.

The circus will pitch its big-top tent at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu and hold five shows, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“The Modern American Circus is a highly acclaimed, world-class troupe of over 30 circus performers from various locations around the world, including Hawaii, that perform acts of great strength, agility and genius,” an announcement says.

The circus has no performing animals, so its “acts are safe and animal-free,” it says.

The show is 105 minutes long, with a 15-minute intermission. The big-top tent can accommodate more than 1,000 people per show.

So far in Hawaii, the circus has visited Molokai, Oahu and the Big Island. Performances are scheduled Nov. 16 and 17 at Kauai’s Lihue Grove Farm.

The show’s producer, Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas, selected performers with acts that include acrobatic flights, comedy, magic, drama, dance, daredevils, strength and balance, romance, glamour and clowns.

“There are contortionists doing amazing things, jugglers, a classic trapeze act and even daredevils performing in the ‘Wheel of Death,’ ” the announcement says.

But not to worry, Nicholas said, “all acts are performed by trained professionals. We plan to make it exciting but safe for everyone.”

Ticket prices vary. General admission tickets for bleachers cost $26 for those 13 years old and up, with children 4 to 16 priced at $16. Premium seating for all ages costs $36 per person, while a VIP seat goes for $51. Children young enough to sit on someone’s lap will get in free.

For ticket or other information call (808) 781-4773 or visit The website lists show sponsors, and it has a promotional video.

A number of nonprofit groups benefit from ticket sales, according to the announcement. Groups include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and United Cerebral Palsy.