The CAC SummerSaults into the Berkshires with a GIVEAWAY!

By Berkshires Macaroni Kid June 19, 2024

We are giving away FIVE family 4-packs of tickets to go see SummerSaults in the Berkshires at The Duffin Theatre!

The perfect opportunity for a FUN Family Night Out!

To enter the giveaway, you can do so by FILLING OUT THIS ENTRY FORM, by Friday, July 12th at 11:59 EST. FIVE random winners will be chosen on Saturday, July 13th and contacted via email. Tickets can be redeemed for ANY of the 17 shows running from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28.

Winners will have 24 hours to claim their tickets, or else their prize will be forfeited.*

Read more about the summer residency of the Circus Arts Conservatory below. And if you don't want to miss out on the fun, get tickets now before they sell out! 

LENOX– With its rich circus history – including serving as the winter quarters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus starting way back in 1927 – Sarasota, Fla. is known as the “Circus Capital of the World.” Sarasota-based arts organization Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC), whose mission it is to celebrate and advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus, is home to Circus Sarasota, the resident hometown circus, among other shows and programs.

Showcasing its fierce determination to share the joy and wonder of the circus arts, the CAC is taking the show on the road this summer. It will present “SummerSaults in the Berkshires,” an action-packed, one-hour, family-friendly circus show that will feature an international cast of world-class circus artists.

The show will run from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28, with 17 performances at The Duffin Theater (197 East Street) in Lenox.

“As our organization grows, our goal is to expand our impact by bringing our shows to other like-minded communities. After several visits to the Berkshires, we felt there were significant similarities between our communities – especially the focus on arts and culture – and felt that a summer show would be a great way to jump-start any potential continued presence there,” said CAC Executive Vice President/COO Jennifer Mitchell. "This is not just a highly entertaining show; with a runtime of an hour and tickets on sale for just $25-$30, it’s the perfect summertime activity for families to enjoy together.”

Showtimes are at 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25-$30 and go on sale on May 20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 941-355-9335.

The lineup for SummerSaults includes:

Heidi Herriott, Master of Ceremonies: Herriott is proud of her heritage as a third-generation American circus artist. She has traveled North America performing as an aerialist, equestrian and ringmaster. Career highlights include appearing on "America’s Got Talent," Studio 54 Night Club, Animal Planet, Walt Disney World, Ringling Bros. Circus, Circus Sarasota, Big Apple Circus, Excalibur/Las Vegas, and more.

Garrett Allen, Aerial Rope: Allen, who hails from San Diego, Calif., began his circus journey at the age of 10. Learning handstands, aerial acts, contortion, dance and other forms of performance art, he began showcasing his skills throughout California and neighboring states from a very young age. At 18, he began performing in various festivals, theaters, touring shows, night clubs, theme parks and cruise ships around the world. Serge Sergeev & Aurika Annaeva, Crystal Balance: Serge and Aurika are second-generation, worldwide traveling performers. They have presented their art in different genres, such as acrobatics, juggling, dancing, and horseback riding. They have showcased their many talents in countries all over the world, including France, Australia, China, Singapore, Brazil, and Argentina. They have participated in many tours as well as been featured on multiple TV shows. Together in 2013, they created their Crystal Balance act.

Tersit Asefa Dersu, Bounce Juggler: Dersu grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and currently resides in Seattle, Wash. She has been involved in professional circus since early childhood and was trained and certified by the Ethio Selam circus school in Ethiopia. She has been performing her unique solo form of bounce juggling professionally for over 12 years on different circus stages around the world, including Egypt (International Circus); Eilat, Israel (Wow Show); European tour (Mother Africa show); the Caribbean (Suarez Brothers Circus); U.S. tour (Dream Holidays); and Denver, Colo. (Spirit of Christmas).

La Vision, Hand Balancing: Richard Jecsmen of Hungary and Yana Semilet of Ukraine epitomize grace and strength through their unique brand of hand balancing. While the lineup has changed over the years, the current duo has been together for over 20 years. The act has been featured in Cirque du Soleil as well as famous circuses and variety shows such as Roncalli, Wintergarten and Patrick Sebastian’s TV 5. The act was recognized with the Gold Price at Le Feux de la Rampe in Paris, and Silver at the Grenoble Cirque Festival and Bayeux Cirque Festival.

Dick Monday & Slappy, Clowning: Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley have headlined circuses and festivals worldwide for many years. They co-founded the New York Goofs Clown Troupe and the Laughter League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting lives with humor through performance outreach and education. Monday has been a highly respected teacher of clowning since 1988 and was the dean of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Riley pursued a Master’s degree that she used as a springboard for writing the book, “Beyond the Red Nose: The Serious Business of Healthcare Clowning.” The pair continue to partner on and off-stage, seeking to not only continue clowning but also to inspire a new generation of clowns through education and performance opportunities.

“Except for one substitution, this is the same lineup that we presented for our 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular in Sarasota – not only are the artists very comfortable with one another, we have also been able to use the experience of the previous run to fine-tune the run of show,” said CAC founder and president/CEO Pedro Reis. “We are always so pleased to see the joy and wonder that the circus brings to people, regardless of their age or background; we can’t wait to share ‘SummerSaults’ with Berkshires residents and visitors in July!”

Showtimes are at 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25-$30 and go on sale on May 20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 941-355-9335.

About Circus Arts Conservatory

The mission of the Circus Arts Conservatory is to engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus. The CAC is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community-based education and humor therapy outreach programs. Visit or call 941-355-9335.