Rooted in tradition, Circus Vargas will perform their opening show on April 7, the fifth time appearing in Temecula, according to Jon Weiss, the host of the show. The event comes with all of the cherished acts of wonder anticipated at the circus, alongside Circus Vargas staples. At a Circus Vargas performance, the audience plays an intimate role in the production, with children allowed to step in the ring and learn circus skills before the show begins. Weiss finds this connection that Circus Vargas is able to make with viewers as the most worthwhile aspect of performing.
“What I truly enjoy is the families coming to watch the show and coming back to watch the show again, talking about their experience the previous years up until now,” said Weiss.
From the group’s inception, Circus Vargas has been a family oriented production, made by families and for families. Weiss met his wife through the Circus; he began as a balancing act and she as a dancer. A circus tent and hoops became the backdrop of t
heir entire lives. The couple was even married at the Ringling Bros. circus at madison square garden and they later had children who followed in their parents footsteps taking up positions in Circus Vargas.
“As a performer, to live together with your family is pretty special and most people don’t have that opportunity,“ Weiss said. “They go to work, they come home, they see each other for a little bit in the evenings, and that’s it.
“The great thing is that we are together all of the time. You get to watch your kids grow, learn, and become productive young adults in this industry.”
Weiss hopes that all families will experience the same pleasure that his family gained from the circus.
“It such a great thing to see families having a good time together,” said Weiss. “With all the things we do in our daily lives, life can get a little hectic. It’s nice to take a break from that and just spend time with your family and be entertained by these incredible circus performers who are dedicated to this industry … For me, it’s about keeping this tradition alive and the audience is a part of the tradition, allowing that.”
For the Weiss family, the Circus Vargas showings in Temecula are “one of the highlights of our tour”.
“Temecula is great place to have a circus. We have a very good relationship with the community,” said Weiss. “I will tell you, I have traveled over all of the United States, extensively in California, and Temecula has a vibe as a community like no other.”
This year, Circus Vargas plans to also participate in Temecula’s own, Reality Rally, a weeklong fundraiser where realities stars help fund-raise for the cancer-support center, Michelle’s Place. Weiss was frequently drawn to Temecula to participate in the event, since he is a reality star in his own right. He achieved fourth place in the CBS show, ‘The Amazing Race’. Circus Vargas as a whole plans to get involved in the upcoming reality Rally with a small show as part of the fundraiser’s opening.
“This year we are fortunate that Circus Vargas will be there at the same time (as Reality Rally). It’s really cool,” said Weiss.
Aside from exciting opportunities, the city of Temecula makes for a successful circus since finding a location in the area and the foundation of the circus lot is relatively easy, according to Weiss. Often, Circus Vargas must unpack in one city and set up in the next city overnight. All the performers assist in laying out each piece of the circus infrastructure, still Weiss admits that the work can get a bit complicated. Nevertheless, Weiss would not trade anything for his unique lifestyle.
Weiss said, “It’s hard to explain to unless you live it … For the first year of working in the circus, I fell in love with it. I fell in love with what it is about. I fell in love with the tradition. I fell in love with the performing and I never left.”
Circus Vargas changes every year with a new story-line to enchant viewers that seen the previous shows. Weiss invites the community to, “Come early, come comfortable, have fun. And we will have the chance to entertain you and create a moment in time with your family that you will remember forever, which is what we do well at Circus Vargas.”
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