For the first time ever, kids in Hudson’s Hope will have a chance to learn to juggle, walk on stilts, ride a unicycle and other tricks of the circus trade this Saturday.
The Recreation Society of Hudson’s Hope, a non-profit designed to provide affordable options for leisure during winter to the community, which has no movie theatre, indoor pool or recreation centre, is bringing in the Green Fools Theatre Society for a three-hour workshop with circus experts.
“This is probably the last big event (of the year) for our society because our main mandate is to make winter more fun for people,” said Charo Lloret, society chair.
“We’re happy to have the Green Fools, this big, big event, to say goodbye to the winter, to kick the winter away and put on our flip flops.”
Typically the Green Fools, a non-profit based out of Calgary now in its 25th year, runs five-day camps, and has been doing so in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd for “12 years or more now,” said Dean Bareham, Green Fools co-founder and artistic director.
With the Chetwynd five day camp wrapping up, and Dawson Creek’s slated for next week, Hudson’s Hope’s recreation society sought to provide, if not the full week camp, a day of fun for the small community’s kids.
“The beauty of circus is it’s fun and kids love to do it, and, whether they realize it or not, they’re becoming better citizens,” Bareham said, in an interview with the Alaska Highway News.
"We’re socializing them with games, and a lot of interactive work, and really emphasize teamwork and team building, and trust. These are all important things that kids need to do … I think it’s so important to youth, because it’s kind of a formative place where you learn how to play and how you work with others and play with others.”
Further, the exposure to circus life opens up a whole other career path to kids to start thinking about.
“We always encourage people that this is a totally viable job,” said Bareham.
“All my instructors are all professionals that still work in their field, so that’s important, that we expose these guys to, here’s a whole other option of a career choice, performing and or circus.”
As of Thursday morning (April 7) there’s still room in the Hudson’s Hope one-day camp for kids ages eight to 16. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.