VENARDOS CIRCUS “A Grand Ol’ Time” Tour Is Coming to Benedictine University


The circus is coming to town! Vernardos Circus, a Broadway-style, animal-free circus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new show, A Decade of Dreams, on the Benedictine University campus from August 22 – September 1, 2024. 

Under the the custom-crafted, Italian-made red-and-white striped tent, you will experience a purely magical immersive experience as you travel back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old circus tradition masterfully reinvented for a new generation with Broadway-style flair. 

“This is a special season for us as we celebrate the many dreams realized by The Little Circus That Could,” said Ringmaster and producer, Kevin Venardos, a former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster. “For those that have supported us from the beginning or others who will see us for the first time, our goal is always to show you what’s possible when you live your dreams, and we promise you A Grand Ol’ Time.”

The Venardos Circus has been touring the U.S. since its debut at the L.A. County Fair in 2014. Theater lovers and nostalgic circus fans alike will appreciate the intimate experience and sentimental way the show pays homage to circus traditions through the lens of high-quality entertainment for a modern family audience. The performers are also the crew on this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in the Venardos Circus. 

Don’t miss out on the Venardos Circus’ only Midwest performance! The show schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, August 22 – 7:00 p.m. OPENING NIGHT!
  • Friday, August 23 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24- 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25 – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 28 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1 – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are expected to sell out online in advance, so be sure to purchase yours today! Once the tickets sell out online, no tickets will be available in-person at the show.

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