The annual Pinewood Circus was the greatest tiny show on earth. Pinewood students in K4, K5 and 1st grade became lions, dancing bears, dogs, trapeze and high-wire artists and other circus favorites.
Performing as Ringmaster was Pinewoodís own Headmaster, Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw. Lions, guided by lion tamers, jumped through rings of ìfireî; elephants performed gravity-defying tricks; and strongmen lifted barbells of extraordinary weight.
A show of this magnitude doesn't happen overnight. Beginning in January, students in each grade level including K-4, K-5 and 1st grade choose from five or six different acts. Practice starts at the end of January and each act practices on a weekly basis. The kids were all very exited every time Circus Coordinator, Doris Weber picked them up for practice. They couldn't wait for their big performance under the big top. The time frame for preparation was three months.
Many of the circus costumes such as the white tigers, elephants, lion tamers, Siegfried & Roy, Las Vegas Show Girls and bears were hand made. The props were also mostly handmade, with the exception of the big top which is a donated parachute that the school received about two years ago.
The decorating of the gym took place the day before the Circus and was amazing, thanks to the help of an army of parent volunteers. The Pinewood Art Department donated their artistic talents with all the paintings.
Circus coordinator Doris Weber noted, ìIt is so much fun working with the kids it is hard to describe, it feels like being a kid all over again. This is my 14th year with the circus and it seems like yesterday that my children where in it. Time really flies when you're having fun.î