For Ages 3-5

March 21-June 21

Local Performance/ Outdoors

The Very First Circus

For Preschoolers! Movement, music, and interactive fun based on Aesop’s fable The Lion and The Mouse. Join us at the circus and play along.

Look forward to plenty of music, movement, and interactive fun in this brand new play experience for the youngest audiences.


The Very First Circus by Erin Michell combines a lively participatory performance alongside engaging Stay & Play workshop activities. Larry the Lion dreams of performing under the Big Top. But he can't do it by himself, he needs his neighbours to join in! As Larry searches the jungle for other animals to perform dazzling circus tricks, the audience is asked to participate in acts of balance and bravery, too. An intimate and participatory performance for Preschoolers and Primary Grades to celebrate friendship, overcoming our fears, and reaching for new heights.

Written and directed by Erin Michell 

Featuring original music and lyrics composed by Macmillan Hunter.

Jenny Austin and Regina Rios as the Lion and Mouse
Jenny Austin and Regina Rios as the Lion and Mouse

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The cast of The Very First Circus
The cast of The Very First Circus

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Jenny Austin and Regina Rios as the Lion and Mouse
Jenny Austin and Regina Rios as the Lion and Mouse

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Available From May 2021

Ask us about our COVID-safe OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES for small audiences.

STAY & PLAY -- resources for educators -- COMING SOON!

About Stay&Play

After the show, children are welcome to Stay & Play in the performance area. Age appropriate crafts and drama activities will be led by the performers helping to spark imaginations and extend the magical experience of watching live theatre together. 

Cast & Crew


The Very First Circus has been made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Province of British Columbia, and the Capital Regional District Arts Development Fund.


DIRECTOR Erin Michell

PERFORMERS Jenny Austin, Regina Rios, Pedro Siqueira

COMPOSER Macmillan Hunter

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