October 25, 2014

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

 

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER, 2012©

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

FOCUSFish director, Kristy Beauvais in this flouncy gold lamé tutu, laughed and danced with student Mikayla Williams before the show.

On an idyllic, July 14th evening, FOCUSFish’s circus camp presented their latest event — “Because We Can.” Billed as a fundraiser it seemed more like a “fun raiser” with program director Kristy Beauvais clad in a gold lamé tutu bouncing around the lush grounds of Big Rock Ranch making sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Festival guests picnicked and were entertained not only by antics of their excited children with freshly painted faces who would later be performing, but also by a magician, DJ and peddlers of gourmet treats.

The main event took place in the new permanent home of FOCUSFish: an outdoor pavilion, open on each side and outfitted with aerial silks, trapezes and various contraptions that helped to fuel the audience’s anticipation as they waited for the show to begin. It was clear that something big was about to happen.

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

Simone Midby, dancing upside down on the silks, was one of the featured youth performers from the FOCUSFish aerial program on Saturday, July 14.



And the waiting was not in vain. The show was a feast for the senses as the cast twirled above the crowd, darted on and off the stage, moved to the music and practically beckoned the audience to join the extravaganza from seats that were only a few feet from the action. That invisible wall that usually separates the audience from the performers was gone and it was great.

“Because We Can” was a fitting mantra for the show because everyone from young kids (who had only been at summer camp for a few weeks), to older kids with years of experience, to seasoned professionals, all performed together in the aerial circus. The smiles on the kids’ faces showed that no matter what their skill level, they had been learning in a positive, nurturing environment where fun was the number one goal.

How cool is that! The next fundraisers are Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 11. For more information: focusfish.com.

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

Cali-Camp camper, Lily, not only explored the heights of aerial arts, but also the grounded world of acrobatics and hooping, during her week-long camp experience.

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

Magician David Elkin had many sleight-of-hand tricks to entertain the kids before the show.

FOCUSFish – “Because We Can”

Scot Nery whose dry wit has graced Lexi Pearl’s Momentum Place many times, proved his skill as a nimble juggler to the delight of the audience.