Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
ROSE CITY, Texas —
Elephants have always been associated with the thrill of the circus but a trapeze artist and a songwriter have joined forces to help care for these majestic creatures.
Jacque Hollander, a songwriter and music producer, has teamed up with Franchesca Cavallini, a 17-year-old trapeze artist with the Carson and Barnes Circus, for the song “I Am The Circus.” This song has a message and mission.
“This is something both of us really wanted to do,” Hollander said in a telephone interview. “Everyone thought it would be nearly impossible for us to do, but we recorded the song last year in Paris, Texas, and it turned out wonderfully.”
According to Hollander, 100 percent of the proceeds from the song “I Am The Circus” go to assisting the Asian Elephants at the Endangered Ark Foundation, which is located in Hugo, Okla.
The Endangered Ark Foundation began in 1993 with a mission to help preserve the endangered Asian Elephant. The foundation, which is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in the United States, houses many of these animals which have either been rescued or retired from show business.
The Endangered Ark Foundation is currently closed for renovations, but it is expected to re-open during the summer, according to www.travelok.com.
Tickets are $12 - $14 for adults and $6 - $8 for children in advance, depending if purchased online or at local ticket outlets where available. Reserved seats are available for an additional $3 per ticket surcharge and box seat upgrades are available for a $6 per ticket surcharge. Free children’s tickets for ages 11 and younger are available at select area convenience store locations and online at www.carsonbarnescircus.com but the child must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Hollander said she knew of a way people could be admitted free while helping the elephants at the Endangered Ark Foundation at the same time. Hollander said each person that donates two loaves of bread, a bottle of Clorox bleach, a jar of Vaseline and a scrub brush, which would be donated to Endangered Ark Foundation, will be admitted free.
“Each person that brings all of these items will get into the circus for free that night,” Hollander explained. “If everyone in the whole city of Pinehurst would bring this stuff, they could get in free and really make a difference in the lives of these elephants. I would love to see everyone do this.”
The Carson and Barnes Circus continues its tour of Orange County with the performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., today, plus two shows per day on Wednesday and Thursday in the old Sears parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.