Water for Elephants’ Brings the Circus to Broadway

Additionally, the extraordinary closeness that has developed among the ensemble is a result of the interdependence that circus demands. (Flying through the air isn’t actually possible unless you have faith that others on the ground will catch you.) Carroll remarked, “We’re a little lawless in the circus.” “But we work really well together, too.”

Watching a performer arc out above the audience brings joy, but watching an aerialist dangle by only a hand or a foot makes your heart race. “In addition to the acting and dancing, we have that new language to add a layer of danger, emotion, and intensity,” stated aerialist and ensemble member Alexandra Gaelle Royer.

The Broadway performers have learned skills from Gaelle Royer and her associates. Paul Alexander Nolan, in his role as the ringmaster