Madison Circus Space lights up with ‘solar-powered’ show – Madison.com
Gayle Worland | Wisconsin State Journal
German wheel. Juggling pins. Hula hoops. And solar panels.
They’ll all be playing a role in the “Solar-Powered Circus,” the first public performance in the new Madison Circus Space building on Madison’s East Side.
Kristina Whisenhunt, top, and Becky Rabensdorf practice the German wheel at Madison Circus Space, which will host a “Solar Powered Circus” performance next weekend.
The shows on March 25-26 will celebrate two enormous successes for the nonprofit group: the completion of the Madison Circus Space’s $1 million capital campaign to build its new home, and the finale to a nearly $61,000 fundraising effort to outfit the roof with solar panels this spring.
“Originally when we started planning the show, it was meant to be a fundraiser for the solar project,” said Stephanie Richards, an aerial member at MCS who teaches youth aerial silks there and helped run its fundraising efforts.
Stephanie Richards, who produces many shows at Madison Circus Space and led fundraising for the facility, practices aerial silks in the circus arts building.
“We wanted it to be an opportunity to publicly launch the solar project and really build awareness of sustainability and energy conservation in an arts organization. … And then we met our solar goal” — faster than anyone expected, she said, laughing. “So now it’s just a big celebration and awareness-building of sustainability in the arts.”
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Josh Casey, left, and Mark Hayward juggle while riding a RipStik at Madison Circus Space. Casey will serve as emcee for the group’s “Solar Powered Circus” show Friday and Saturday.
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