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Italian water circus to make a splash in Lebanon with acrobats, contortionists

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Cirque Italia, an Italian water circus, will make its debut in Lebanon and bring 35,000 gallons of water and a host of performers, acrobats, contortionists, a JetSki and more.

The circus will hold several shows under its white and blue big top tent that will be at Lebanon Premium Outlets in the parking lot near the Nike store.

The show times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8-9 at 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., according to a release from Cirque Italia. Doors will open one hour before the shows begin.

Tickets range from $10-$50. Children younger than 2 years old get in free but must sit on a parent's lap, according to Cirque Italia's website. Group discounts are available.

Cirque Italia's box office will open Tuesday. On non-show days, the box office will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On show days, it will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at cirqueitalia.com/tickets or by calling 941-704-8572. Text messages will receive a response.

The water circus will feature a stage with 35,000 gallons of water that lifts 35 feet into the air while fountains shoot water around the performers.

Cirque Italia's performers are from around the world and will participate in acts with juggling, bubbles, trampolines, clowns, a mermaid and more. Other acts include the show's LaserMan 360 that features a performer who will cause explosions with laser guns and a father-and-son balancing act.

The show is animal-free.

"The show owner and founder, Manuel Rebecchi, has a deep-seeded history in the circus industry," the release said. "His late aunt, Moira Orfei, ran one of the largest circus shows in Europe. When Manuel came to the states several years ago, he decided that Americans needed to experience a European style show. He wanted to create something special and memorable."

For more information, call 941-704-8572, email corpteam.cirqueitalia@gmail.com or visit cirqueitalia.com.

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